In news: Tamil Yeoman (Cirrochroa thais), a butterfly species endemic endemic to Western Ghats, has been declared as the state butterfly of Tamil Nadu.
More about tamizh maravan:
- The tawny-coloured creature with a dark brown outer ring is among the 32 butterfly species found in Western Ghats. Also Known as Tamil Maravan, which means warrior.
- Distribution: It is found in the Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka. With the recent decision, Tamil Nadu has become the fifth state in the country to declare its state butterfly.
- Maharashtra was first to declare Blue Mormon as its state butterfly, followed by Uttarakhand (Common peacock), Karnataka (Southern bird wings) and Kerala (Malabar banded peacock).