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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