New Delhi: A butterfly conservatory showcasing the metamorphosis and life history of the winged creatures was opened today at the Lodhi Gardens in the national capital.
Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh inaugurated the conservatory which is a collaborative effort of Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Ecosystems, the New
Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi University and an NGO, Green Circle.
"Butterflies are considered to be sensitive to changes
in habitat and climate and are good indicators of the health
of a natural habitat. The metamorphosis and life cycle of
butterflies too can provide an education in nature
conservation," said Suhas Borker, founder member of Green
The conservatory, which has been developed within a specially landscaped area of three acres in Lodhi Gardens, has a natural and open habitat without any dome structures or net enclosures to contain the movement of the winged creatures.
"The conservatory has been landscaped in a manner that visitors can view the habitat from a naturally elevated walkway or "viewing gallery"," Borker added.
Apart from the common species of butterflies like the
Common Mormon, Yellow Pansy, Striped Tiger and Plain Tiger,
the conservatory also house the Grass Jewel, one of the
world’s smallest butterflies.
The conservatory will be free from any insecticide,
pesticide and chemicals and will be maintained undisturbed or
with minimum human disturbance.