Maharashtra has become the first state in country to have a ‘state butterfly’. It has accorded the status to Blue Mormon. The decision was taken Monday at a meeting of the Maharashtra State Wildlife Board.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis chaired the meeting that was also attended by Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and Minister of State for Forest Ram Shinde.
The colourful butterflies add to the beauty of every garden. In our story books, we often come across the mention of butterflies. But it never got the same status as state’s special flower or fruits get,” said a senior minister.
Maharashtra is home to 225 varieties of butterflies and accounts for 15 per cent of the country’s estimated butterfly population. Butterfly academicians, research scholars and nature lovers had requested Mungantiwar to consider Blue Mormon for the status.
The Blue Mormon is the second largest in size among all butterflies, second only to the Southern Birdwing. It has velvet like black wings with bright blue spots. The lower end of the wings are black while the body has some red spots on one side. It is found only in Sri Lanka, Western Ghats of Maharashtra, and the coastal belts of India.