Rare Indian butterfly discovery


Silvery meadow blue

From The Pioneer in India:

Rare species of butterfly found in Pangi Valley

December 31, 2010 6:38:43 PM

Anil Kimta | Shimla

Himachal Pradesh is known for the best forest and rare species of herbs and animals throughout the country as the State is home for some of the rare as well as extinct species in the world.

Its rich forest cover is the home for many such rare species. Recently, a team of Zoological Survey of India from Solan visited the Pangi Valley in Chamba district and found a rare species of butterfly — silvery meadow blue.

The silvery meadow blue butterflies are usually found in areas 3000 metres above the sea level in meadows and areas outside forests during July when high altitude areas experience a late-flowering season but finding them in winters on some rare wild flowers in winters is quite rare.

“The butterfly, earlier found in high altitude areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, was found in Pangi Valley for the first time,” said Avtar Kaur Sidhu, officer-in-charge of the High Altitude Regional Centre of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) at Solan in Himachal Pradesh.

A team of ZSI scientists comprising Sidhu, Indu Sharma, Bindu Lal, Kamal Sahni and Uttam Saikia surveyed the valley last year and found new species of butterflies, grasshoppers, and moths in this winters which is quite rare in itself. “The discovery of this butterfly signifies a healthy habitat of the valley as they are bio-indicators of clean and healthy atmosphere in the area,” said Sidhu.

She said that finding of this rare specie is achievement in itself as this type of butterflies is found in very clean atmosphere and good habitat.

See also here.

Male and female butterflies ‘take turns courting’: here.

Vladimir Nabokov and butterfly evolution: here.

Admiral butterflies of one sort or another inhabit parts of every U.S. state and Canadian province. They’re large, showy, and best seen during the summer months. Here’s a brief introduction to the North American species, both what they look like and where you’ll find them: here.

1 thought on “Rare Indian butterfly discovery

  1. Vienna cemetery used as rare critter reserve

    Vienna – A graveyard in Vienna has been adapted to provide a home not only to the dead, but also to animal species that are threatened with extinction, the city administration announced on Thursday.

    By planting a flowering meadow, the Neustift cemetery hopes to attract the threatened Hungarian Glider butterfly, whose German name aptly translates into “Black Mourning Butterfly.”

    The chapel’s roof has also been fitted with an opening so that bats can live there, while heaps of stones and leaves provide refuge for snakes and protected fire salamanders.

    “We can’t force the animals to live here, but we can make it easier,” said Helga Bock, the spokeswoman for Vienna’s funeral services.

    Thu, 19 Aug 2010

    http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/news/340133,cemetery-rare-critter-reserve.html

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