17 Beautiful Butterfly Species That Are Found in Pakistan

plain tiger butterfly Pakistan on flower

We can all agree on the fact that butterflies are extremely beautiful and along with flowers one of the most pretty and precious things in our nature. Butterflies come in all shapes, colours and sizes, and all of them share a common characteristic: they are beautiful. Pakistan is one of those lucky countries where a lot of different types of butterfly species are present, thanks to the different types of Ecosystems (or biomes) present in Pakistan. So we considered it our patriotic duty to show our readers just how beautiful our butterfly biodiversity is in Pakistan. Below is a list of some of the butterfly species found in Pakistan, there are a lot more but obviously we couldn’t include all in the list. So here we go..

 

PLAIN TIGER BUTTERFLY

Scientific Name: Danaus chrysippus

Location: Punjab.

plain tiger butterfly Pakistan on flower

 

KARAKORAM BANDED APOLLO

Scientific Name: Parnassius staudingeri hunza

Location: Northern Areas

Parnassius hunza ulsterImage Source: Robert Nash, robert.nash at magni.org.uk, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

 

BLUE PEACOCK

Scientific Name: Papilio arcturus

Location: –

Papilio arcturus ulsterImage Source: Robert Nash <robert.nash at magni.org. uk>, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

 

BUTLER’S DWARF

Scientific Name: Baltia butleri

Location: Northern Areas

 

DUSKY BLACKVEIN

Scientific Name: Aporia nabellica

Location: Western Himalayas

Aporia nabellica 524Image Source: J N Fitch (art); Frederic C. Moore (text), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

INDIAN TORTOISESHELL

Scientific Name: Aglais caschmirensis

Location: Northern Areas

Indian tortoiseshell (Aglais caschmirensis aesis) underside PokharaImage Source: Charles J. Sharp, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

MELITAEA CHITRALENSIS

Scientific Name: Melitaea chitralensis

Location: Chitral and Kashmir.

MelitaeaChitralensis 380 1Image Source: Frederic Moore (text); F. C. Moore (art), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

BALUCHI ROCKBROWN

Scientific Name:  Pseudochazara thelephassa

Location: Balochistan.

 

CHAZARA HEYDENREICHI

Scientific Name: Chazara heydenreichi

Location: Hindukush and Himalayas.

 

TAWNY ROCKBROWN

Scientific Name: Pseudochazara mniszechii

Location: Balochistan

Pseudochazara mniszechiiImage Source: Zeynel Cebeci, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

 

INDIAN RED FLASH

Scientific Name: Baspa melampus

Location: Murree and other northern areas.

MelampusImage Source: Of plate. Unknown, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

HIMALAYAN SPOTTED FLAT

Scientific Name: Celaenorrhinus munda

Location: Himalayas.

CelaenorrhinusMaculicornis 760 2Image Source: J N Fitch, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

PYRGUS CASHMIRENSIS

Scientific Name: Pyrgus cashmirensis

Location: Northern areas, Kashmir

Pyrgus cashmirensisImage Source: Charles Oberthur 1904, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

 

KEELED APOLLO

Scientific Name: Parnassius jacquemontii

Location: Around Indus River and Kashmir

Parnassius jacquemontii ulsterImage Source: Robert Nash, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

 

REGAL APOLLO

Scientific Name: Parnassius charltonius

Location: Chitral, Gilgit Balistan and Kashmir

Parnassius charltontonius ulsterImage Source: Robert Nash, Curator of Entomology, Ulster Museum, <robert.nash at magni.org.uk>, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

 

PARNASSIUS INOPINATUS

Scientific Name: Parnassius inopinatus

Location: KPK

 

COMMON RED APOLLO

Scientific Name: Parnassius epaphus

Location: Northern Areas

Parnassius ephaphus ulster Image Source: Robert Nash, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

 

COMMON BLUE APOLLO

Scientific Name: Parnassius hardwickii

Location: Chitral and Himalayas

Parnassius hardwickii ulster Image Source: Robert Nash and photographer Brian McKenna, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

 

Also Check Out: Endemic or Native Fauna and Flora of Pakistan

 

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