Which state became the first in the country to have state butterfly?
Maharashtra became the first state in the country to have state butterfly. Maharashtra government declared Blue Mormon as the state butterfly. ‘Blue Mormon’ (Papilio polymnestor) is the second largest by size, only behind the southern birdwing. It has velvet, black wings with bright blue spots. The lower end of the wings are black while the body has some red spots on one side. Interestingly, it is only found in Sri Lanka, western ghats of Maharashtra, South India and coastal belts of the country.