Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Saturday, August 8, 2020

Rare butterfly among 3 more species spotted

 

 

 

 

 

First time so many seen in one month

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tamil Nadu forest department has spotted three butterfly species in the Tropical Butterfly Conservatory Tiruchirappalli (TBCT) near Srirangam. Kanara Swift, red spot and tricoloured pied flat were spotted by a team of TBCT junior research fellows Muthu Krishnan and K Abinaya and forest guard G Prathiba. They were spotted while migrating from the Western Ghats to the Eastern Ghats.

 

 

 

 

Kanara Swift, found in the Western Ghats, is a rare species. There have been only two previous spottings of Kanara Swift in the Nilgiris and Sathyamangalam tiger reserve. “Kanara Swift must be attracted to the bamboo plantation grown in the conservatory,” said V Muthu Krishnan.

 

 

 

 

The 27-acre facility, the largest butterfly conservatory in Asia, has so far recorded 109 butterfly species since November 2015. “This is the first time the conservatory has recorded three butterfly species in a month (December). This is a testimony to the healthy ecosystem in the conservatory,” said Muthu Krishnan.

 

 

 

 

 

District forest officer D Sujatha said identification of such species in the conservatory – situated between Cauvery and Kollidam rivers – would be a boon to long-term research on the migration and population of butterfly species. Forest department officials said optimum temperature and humidity in the conservatory is attracting butterfly species. TBCT sources said they have plans to reach out to school and college students through social media platforms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Times of India, 25 December 2019, Chennai.