Few of the beautiful and rare butterflies in the world that may soon become extinct

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There is no doubt that the butterflies are one of the most beautiful and colourful creatures in the world. There are numerous butterfly lovers across the world, who are attracted towards this delicate species for its elegant beauty. There are nearly 20,000 species of butterflies worldwide. Below are few of the rare and indeed most beautiful butterflies that still exists, but may become extinct in the near future.

Kaiser-i-Hind

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The name ‘Kaiser-i-Hind’ (Teinopalpus imperialis) literally means ‘Emperor of India’. As the name goes, this butterfly is a native to India. It belongs to the Swallowtail family. This rare butterfly is unique for its wing’s green iridescence.

Glasswinged

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The ‘Glasswinged’ butterfly (Greta oto) is one of rare butterflies, which has transparent wings. The translucent wings can grow as much as 2.4 inches. The transparent appearance of the wings is due to the lack of tissues or scales between the veins. These rare butterflies are mostly found in Mexico and through Panama. Some species have also been spotted in Venezuela.

Palos Verdes Blue

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The ‘Palos Verdes Blue’ (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis) is considered as one of the rare butterflies in the world. In 1997, it was first described as the sub-species of the Silvery Blue species. It is also an endangered species. Their distribution is very limited in the Palos Verdes Peninsula in California.

Duke of Burgundy

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The ‘Duke of Burgundy’ (Hamearis lucina) is fond of clearings and grasslands. For males, the average wingspan is 1.1–1.2 inches while the females’ average is 1.2–1.3 inches. It is mainly found in UK.

Mutated Spangle

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The ‘Mutated Spangle’ butterfly (Papilio protenor) belongs to the Swallowtail family. This rare species was previously considered extinct until their rediscovery in India. This species is believed to be the native of India.

Northern Brown Argus

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The ‘Northern Brown Argus’ (Aricia artaxerxes) is a native butterfly of Great Britain. The Northern Brown Argus solely feeds on the common rock-rose. Efforts are going on to conserve this beautiful and rare species of butterfly.

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