Winged beauties start seasonal migration in Western Ghats

  • Providing fresh hopes to butterfly enthusiasts in the State, the seasonal butterfly migration began in the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats.
  • Though the movement of butterflies in south Indian landscape is always a fascinating phenomenon for naturalists, such a movement was not reported in the region last year owing to unfavourable climate.
  • However, a large number of butterflies of the Common Crow species were observed in the eastern foothills of the Western Ghats in the beginning of October itself.
  • Zoological Survey of India, reveals that 46 species of butterflies take part in the migration phenomenon in the State, including the Dark Blue Tiger (Tirumala septentrionis), Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace), Common Crow (Euploea core), Double Branded Crow (Euploea sylvester), Common Emigrant (Catopsilia pomona), Mottled Emigrant (Catopsilia pyranthe), Common Albatross (Appias albina), Lime Butterfly (Papilio demoleus), and the Crimson Rose (Pachliopta hector).



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