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Harvard scientist on trail of new species of butterflies

Last Updated: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 10:50

Gangtok: A scientist of Harvard University, who has been trekking all over Sikkim, is hoping to find new species of butterflies in the Himalayan state which has a rich repository of over 650 varieties.
The scientist, Krushnamegh Kunte who is here as part of a 3-year research study on butterflies in Sikkim said, "In Boston, there is a museum on butterflies where many species are on display tagged `From Sikkim`.

"But actually most of them have been collected from the eastern Himalayas and not from Sikkim. I want to update this collection and if possible, create maps of each species of butterfly in Sikkim," Kunte, the president of the Indian Foundation for Butterflies, said.

The eastern Himalayas comprise Darjeeling in West Bengal, the Khasi Hills in Meghalaya and the Indo-China border.

"There are more than 650 species of butterflies in Sikkim. Dzongu, the Lepcha reserve in North Sikkim is one area where where most of the species are found and hopefully new discoveries can be made," he said after completing a 10-day tour of East, West and North Sikkim districts.


First Published: Monday, June 6, 2011 - 10:50

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