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White Tufted Royal Butterfly

White Tufted Royal Butterfly:

A team of butterfly observers and researchers have found White Tufted Royal Butterfly, a rare butterfly species at Kalliyad in Kannur district of Kerala.

  • White Tufted Royal Butterfly is a rare species and is protected under Schedule 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
  • The wingspan of the butterfly is just 32-40 mm.
  • Its larvae feed on Scurrula parasitica, a plant belonging to the Loranthaceae family.
  • The species had been previously spotted in Agasthyakoodam in 2017 and the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary in 2018.