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Daily News Analysis


12th January, 2023 Environment

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Context: A team of butterfly observers and researchers have found a white tufted royal butterfly, a rare butterfly species at Kalliyad in Kannur.


  • The white tufted royal butterfly is protected under Schedule 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
  • The species had been spotted in Agasthyakoodam in 2017 and the Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuary in 2018.
  • The wingspan of the butterfly is just 32-40 mm.
  • Its larvae feed on Scurrula parasitic, a plant belonging to the Loranthaceae family.
  • There were eight species of the butterfly. While two are common, the others are rare.