Added on: 9th Dec 2013
DUKE OF BURGUNDY
A native of the UK and is fond of clearings and grasslands.
Found in Mexico through Panama though some species
have been spotted in Venezuela.
The name "kaiser-i-hind" literally means "Emperor of India"
and this butterfly that is native to India belongs to the swallowtail family.
Belonging to the swallowtail family, the mutated spangle butterfly
(Papilio protenor)was previously considered extinct until their
rediscovery in India where they are believed to be native species.
NORTHERN BROWN ARGUS
Another native butterfly of Great Britain is the northern brown argus
(Aricia artaxerxes). According to studies,
it solely feeds on the common rock-rose.
QUEEN ALEXANDRA’S BIRDWING
Named after Queen Alexandra of the UK in 1907, Queen Alexandra's birdwing
(Ornithoptera alexandrae) is the largest in the world with the
female's wingspan reaching a length of 12.2 inches.
PALOS VERDES BLUE
The Palos Verdes blue (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis)
is considered by many as the rarest butterfly in the world and
unfortunately, also an endangered species. They are limitedly distributed to
the Palos Verdes Peninsula in California are relatively small with an average
wingspan of only 0.97 to 1.17 inches.
Although the pearl-bordered fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne) occurs in
various parts of Europe, its number has rapidly declined through the years
making it rare and slightly threatened.
Found in the Philippines, Malaysia, Borneo and Sumatra.
The males of the species has a deeper, stronger colour than
their female counterparts. The butterfly prefers the meat of rotting fruits.
SILVERY MEADOW BLUE
The silvery meadow blue butterfly (Polyommatus florience) has been spotted in
Pakistan, Afghanistan and more recently in Himachal Pradesh, India.
The species are believed to make meadows and clearings its habitat.