Recently, a new species found in Sikkim’s Dzongu, in north Sikkim the ‘land of butterflies’
About the new species found in Sikkim
- The new species of butterfly, now named the Chocolate-bordered Flitter, also carries the scientific name Zographetus dzonguensis, after Dzongu in north Sikkim, the place where it was discovered.
- Its closest relatives are Zographetus pangi in Guangdong, and Zographetus hainanensisin Hainan, both in southeastern China, close to Hong Kong.
- The physical appearance of the species differ slightly and the internal structures of the males also differ slightly.
- Lepchas from Sikkim and Darjeeling were great butterfly catchers and good at naming them in our own language.
- A place of historical interest near Dzongu called Blykovoo, which means “the land of butterflies”.
- It’s legally protected in India under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which also protects iconic animals such as the Asian elephant and snow leopard.
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