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Southern Birdwing to be Karnataka state butterfly

The Karnataka State Wildlife Board on Wednesday gave its nod to the proposal to declare the Southern Bird Wing the state’s butterfly. If the government approves the proposal, Karnataka will become the second state, after Maharashtra, to have a designated state butterfly.

Sources in the board said that the Southern Bird Wing – one of the largest butterflies in the country – could be found in large numbers throughout the state. “Although the species is not indigenous to Karnataka, its red and yellow colours are representative of the state flag,” sources said. The elephant is Karnataka’s state animal and the Indian roller the state bird.

The forest department had sent a proposal about the state butterfly to the principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) in June. The other issues that came up at the meeting included lifting of water from Tunga River to the Bhadra. It was also decided to direct the authorities concerned to build an elephant crossing path to facilitate their smooth passage in elephant corridors.

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