Swallowtails: kaiser-i-hind swallowtail
(Teinopalpus imperialis imperatrix)

(Lepidoptera: Papilionidae: Papilioninae)

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The kaiser-i-hind is a very rare, stunning swallowtail known from Nepal to southern Myanmar. It is threatened by over collecting and rapid destruction of the high elevation forests upon which it depends.

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conservation status

This butterfly is listed as threatened by the IUCN.

description

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The kaiser-i-hind is a superb green, black and orange tailed butterfly.

life history

This butterfly is restricted to mountainous wooded districts, where it flies high in the canopy of broad leafed evergreen forest. The caterpillar is green with a large head and eats the laurel like shrub, Daphne spp.

distribution

The kaiser-i-hind is found from Nepal to Myanmar and in two Chinese provinces. Although they are widely distributed they are very localized and rare.

threats

This butterfly is very localized and never abundant and only survives in intact forests. Much of the forest habitat in these regions is under great pressure from logging and development. It is threatened by over collecting and rapid destruction of the high elevation forests upon which it depends.

references

The best way to protect this species is to protect the forest habitat where it remains and impose collecting restrictions.

references

Collins, N. Mark and Michael G. Morris. 1985. Threatened Swallowtail Butterflies of the World: The IUCN Red Data Book. IUCN, Cambridge, U.K. 401 pp. (see pp. 299 to 300).

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