Blue mormon feeding on Lantana flower
Butterflies and Moths
160 species of butterflies were identified from Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Of these, 19 are Western Ghat endemics. The evergreen forests contain
several endemic and rare species. The butterfly diversity was found
more in moist deciduous forests including teak and also eucalyptus
Southern bird wing, Common rose, Malabar rose,
Common mormon, Blue bottle, Common albatross, Great eggfly, Evening
brown, Jezebel, Clipper, Common palmfly, Grey pancy, Common crow,
Nilgiri tiger, Common tiger, Striped tiger, Plain tiger, Red helen,
Paris peacock, Lime butterfly, Malabar tree nymph etc. are some
of the common butterflies distributed in different habitats.
The Travancore evening brown, one of the rarest
butterflies in the world, was rediscovered from Periyar Tiger Reserve
after a gap of several decades.
Periyar is an abode of a rich variety of moths.
Though not well documented, Lunar moth and Atlas moth are not uncommon
in the area.
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