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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
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 The Malabar Banded Peacock is a species of swallowtail butterfly found in the Western Ghats of India
   The Government of Kerala has declared it the official Kerala state butterfly. 
   Papilio buddha closely resembles Papilio palinurus but is larger.

   The dorsal side of the wings is different, with the area of green scales being more restricted.
   The outer half of the forewing except for a triangular patch from the apex of wing downwards, and the outer third of the hindwing to a great degree is devoid of green scales.
    Transverse bands on both forewing and hindwings are very similar to those in Papilio palinurus but very much broader.
   The ventral side is quite similar to the underside of Papilio palinurus. The antennae, head, thorax and abdomen are similar to Papilio palinurus.
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Avg. wingspan: 107–155 mm / 4.2 – 6.1”
Family: Papilionidae
Banded Peacock Swallowtail caterpillar
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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