New butterfly species discovered in Kerala

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New butterfly species discovered in Kerala

Recently, a group of researchers discovered a butterfly subspecies from the fringes of Akkulam and Vembanad lakes in Kerala.

An overview of the news

  • The name of this subspecies of discovered butterfly is Caltoris bromus Sadashiv.

  • It belongs to the skipper butterfly family of Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies).

  • It is the first Bromus swift butterfly to be documented in the Western Ghats.

  • Caltoris is an Indo-Australian genus with more than 15 species found in Southeast Asia.

  • Caltoris bromus is one of them and its two other subspecies are Caltoris bromus bromus and Caltoris bromus yanuka.

About Vembanad Lake

  • It is the largest lake in Kerala and the longest lake in India.

  • The source of the lake is related to four rivers – Meenachil, Achankovil, Pampa and Manimala.

  • The Vallam Kali (Nehru Trophy Boat Race) is a snake boat race held every year in August in Vembanad Lake.

  • In the year 2002, it was included in the list of wetlands of international importance as defined by the Ramsar Convention.

  • The Government of India has identified the Vembanad wetlands under the National Wetlands Conservation Programme.

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