Maharashtra Government on 23 June 2015 declared the Blue Mormon (Papilio polymnestor) as the State butterfly. Blue Mormom is the second largest butterfly found in India after the southern birdwing.
With this, Maharashtra became India’s first state to have a State butterfly.
The decision to declare Blue Mormom as the state butterfly was taken at a meet of the State Wildlife Board in Mumbai.
It is a large, swallowtail black coloured velvet winged butterfly. They carry bright blue spots on wings and red spot in the body.
The species of butterfly is primarily found in Sri Lanka and South India (mainly restricted to the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, South India and coastal belts). Occasionally it is also spotted in the mainland of Maharashtra between Vidarbha and Western Maharashtra.
Earlier, the state government has declared Yellow-footed Green Pigeon as state bird, Giant Squirrel as state animal, Mango as state tree and Jarul as the state flower.
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When: 23 June 2015