183 species of butterfly identified at Namdhapa National Park
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Last Updated: Saturday, July 24, 2010, 00:17
  
Itanagar: Butterfly lovers identified and photo documented 183 species of 'flying beauties' in the buffer area of the Namdhapa national park in Arunachal Pradesh during the five-day 13th Butterfly India Meet (BMI-2010) which concluded on Friday.

Due to rain the participants from various parts of the country could not venture into the core area of the national park, said Ariff Siddiqui, an eminent nature photographer and one of the organisers of the meet.

However, the exploration was highly encouraging for the participants as they believe more species are to be found in the core areas of the forests which they like to explore soon.

The 30 participants also identified in numerous moths apart from the sightings of some glittering beetles like 'Golden Tortoise' .

This was an encouraging indicator for existence of many other species of the butterflies in the core area in Namdhapa and beyond that when type of forests and profile of hill changes, if count touches a figure of 183 in the buffer area" explained Dr Alfred, former director, Zoological Survey of India.

"The event was held for the thirteenth time at the various locations of India and this is the second time we have got the opportunity to explore Arunachal Pradesh in North East" said Butterfly India Group Moderator Vijay Barve in a speech at the end of the meet.

Colonel Sandeep Choudhury of 18 Assam Rifles, Jairampur and S J Jongsam, Namdapha national park field director, lauded the participants for their enthusiasm in identifying so many species despite bad weather condition.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, July 24, 2010, 00:17


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