Dec. 3, 2021

A butterfly survey at the Peechi-Vazhani wildlife division has recorded a remarkable increase in the species’ numbers.


  • Southern Birdwing, the largest butterfly in India, and Grass Jewel, the smallest, were found during the survey. Buddha Peacock, the State butterfly of Kerala, was also recorded.

  • Of the 326 found in Kerala, 156 species were recorded in the 242-sq. km. division.

  • The four-day butterfly survey was conducted by the Kerala Forest Department and the Travancore Nature History Society (TNHS) Thiruvananthapuram.

  • The Peechi-Vazhany, Chimmony, and Chulannur Wildlife Sanctuaries were surveyed using 14 base camps.

  • Peechi-Vazhany Wildlife sanctuary had 132 species of butterflies, Chimmony had 116 species, while Chulannur recorded 41 species. The survey noted 80 species, almost double, to the older record of Peechi-Vazhany, 33 to Chimmony, and 41 species to Chulannur.

  • Other notable species are Nilgiri Grass Yellow, Travancore Evening Brown, Malabar Flash, Orange Tailed Awl, Southern Spotted Ace and Common Onyx.

  • The report of Common Tinsel at Chulannur was another highlight. Altitudinal migration of Common Albatross was recorded in Chimmony.

Source : The Hindu