Fifteen teams from Bombay Natural History Society researched about the multiple species of butterflies. This is the very pleasant news for the butterfly lovers and lepidopterists that the research claims, more than 69 species of butterflies are recorded in NCR. The results got announced on Saturday in an event in which butterfly enthusiasts were also submitting the names of four butterflies. The Authorities said the newest found species will be declared as the state’s butterfly.
Butterflies are the creatures which need sunlight for energy and also known as cold-blooded insects. As they play an important role in an ecosystem, many reports claim that a large number of butterflies shows the sign of a healthy environment.
Nature never misses the chance to surprise us. Either there are various beautiful species of snakes, whales, flowers or other animals and plants. All set with cameras and checklists, On Sunday, many people went out to several places in Delhi to participate in one of its own kind of survey.
The research was organized by Conservation Education Centre which is Bombay Natural History Society’s city wing, the census was a part of the butterfly month and directed to deliver an accurate and updated list of butterfly species found in the territory.
In the survey rare and uncommon butterflies recorded at the end. As per the reports of Hindustan Times, species like Psyche, African Babul Blue, Red Pierrot, Chocolate Pansy, Indian Red Flash and Painted Lady were seen after several years.
Sohail Madan, project head of Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, BNHS, told that southern ridge areas were found to be rich in butterfly diversity and the sighting of Chocolate Pansy was also unusual as this species is generally visible in humid forests.
Areas which got covered for the survey by the teams were Yamuna Biodiversity park, Lodi Gardens, Tilpath Valley, Bhodsi, Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Gurgaon, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Kaya Maya Park, Swarn Jayanti Park, Tuglakabad Park, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Amity University Manesar, Asola Butterfly Park and Mangarbani.
In the opinion of Sohail Madan, the capital needs a conservation management plan to increase the number count of butterflies in the territory.