State butterflies

  • Arunachal Pradesh has decided to make Kaiser-i-Hind as its State butterfly. It is brightly coloured with green iridescence. It usually flies at tree top level and descends to sit on low vegetation where there is strong morning sunlight.
  • It is found in 6 States along the Eastern Himalayas. It is also found in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam & southern China.
  • Part of Schedule II of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
  • IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Other State butterflies in India: Seven Indian States have declared State Butterflies in India.

  • Maharashtra: Blue Mormon (First State to declare a State butterfly)
  • Uttarakhand: Common Peacock
  • Karnataka: Southern Birdwings (Largest Butterfly in India)
  • Kerala: Malabar banded Peacock.
  • Tamil Nadu: Tamil Yeoman
  • Arunachal Pradesh: Kaisar-i-Hind
  • Goa: Malabar Tree Nymph (Black & White Wing pattern)

National Butterfly in India

7 butterflies’ candidates for national butterfly are:

  • Indian Jezebel: Found across the country.
  • Orange Oakleaf: Found in Central, Northern & North-Eastern India. Blue and Orange in colour.
  • Common Nawab: Found all over the country.
  • Krishna Peacock: Black in colour with beautiful colours. Found in Sikkim, Northwest Bengal & Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Five-bar Sword Tail: Found in evergreen forests of Western Ghats, eastern Himalaya & North-East India.
  • Northern Jungle Queen: Extraordinarily large size. Traditional weaving patterns of Mishmi communities of Arunachal Pradesh are inspired from this.
  • Yellow Gorgon: Bright Yellow in colour. Found in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Northern West Bengal & Sikkim.
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