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Southern Birdwing
 

A large and striking black and yellow Swallowtail butterfly endemic to Peninsular India, with a wingspan of 140-190mm.

Scientific Name : Troides minos 
Phylum : Arthropoda 
Class : Insecta 
Order : Lepidoptera 
Family : Papilionidae 
Genus : Troides 
Species : T. minos 
Vernacular Name :  
Life Span :
Weight : The largest butterfly in South India. 
Reproduction : Larval host plants include small creepers and climbers of the family Aristolochiaceae such as Aristolochia indica, Aristolochia tagala and Thottea siliquosa. 
Fascinating Facts : Active during early morning hours when both sexes feed in the forest on Lantana and diverse foodplants. A determined flier, known to cover very large distances before settling. 
Habits : Diverse habitats from low-land evergreen forests near the coast to mixed deciduous forests, dry scrub and agricultural fields 
Food Habits : Nectar. Also visits gardens and orchards and sips from domestic plants such as Mussaenda, Ixora and Lantana 
Conservation Status :  
Status based on Wildlife Protection ACT 1972 : --select-- 
   

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