India host to a number of spectacular butterflies, some of which are endemic to the specific region, especially in the Western Ghats of South India. The most common butterflies of India includes Lesser Grass Blue, Common blue Apollo,common mime, Common Mormon, common baron,common eggfly, common Pierrot, common palmfly and brown pansy.
Common Tiger butterfly also known as striped tiger butterfly in India, This butterfly is very close to monarch butterfly and distributed throughout India.
Euploea core crow butterfly also known as common Indian crow is most common in India and has few similar species such as Malabar raven and Common mime.
Common Jezebel is a pierid butterfly found in a variety of environment. The common Jezebel generally found all over India, from hill forest to open woodland.
Common Grass Yellow
Common Grass Yellow is a small Eurema hecabe pierid butterfly, always found flying in open grass close to the ground and water. The common grass yellow is the most commonly seen butterfly in India.
Great Windmill or Byasa dasarada is a large butterfly found in India. The woodland butterfly is very beautiful in appearance.
Mottled Emigrant from the family Pieridae are urban butterflies and very variable butterfly. Catopsilia pyranthe is a strongly migratory in behaviour.
Southern Duffer is a dark velvety brown butterfly found in India. This species always found around the wood tress with series of three four smaller spots.
Malabar Tree Nymph
Malabar tree nymph is another large butterfly found in peninsular India, especially in the Western Ghats.
Southern Birdwing – State Butterfly of Karnataka
Southern Birdwing or Troides minos is largest butterfly of India and state butterfly of Karnataka. Troides minos is from Swallowtail butterfly is more common in the Western Ghats.
Blue Mormon – State Butterfly of Maharashtra
Blue Mormon or Papilio polymnestor is the second largest butterfly found in India and state butterfly of Maharashtra. Papilio polymnestor is endemic to India and most common in heavy rainfall areas.
– Common Mime
– Clubtail Butterfly
– Common Mormon
– Swallowtail Butterfly
Swallowtail butterflies are large and colorful species with distinctive features and the family includes Andaman clubtail, Palawan birdwing,Papilio polymnestor, Kaiser-i-hind and clouded butterfly.