Butterflies to invade Western Ghats in two weeks – The New Indian Express

0

Express press service

COIMBATORE: Nature lovers are in for a visual treat as butterflies will start migrating from the Eastern Ghats to the Western Ghats over the next two weeks. Lepidopterists hope to see more butterflies in late September in the wetlands and foothills of the Western Ghats across Coimbatore due to August rains.

The butterflies are expected to arrive from the Eastern Ghats at Salem to the foothills of the Nilgiris to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve and a few other wetlands like Singanallur and Vellalore. A group of lepidopterists from the Tamil Nadu Butterfly Society (TNBS) predicted that they would be able to spot around 40,000 to one lakh butterflies during migration.

A Pavendhan from TNBS told TNIE: “Butterfly migration is strongly linked to climatic conditions. We expect good numbers of butterflies this time around given the excess rainfall. Unlike birds, butterflies have a one-way migration system, although their subsequent population may migrate to other locations. Lepidopterists have already observed a few species at Kallar near Mettupalayam, giving an early sign of the migration.

Another TNBS member, H Ramanasaran, said: “There is a massive increase in the population of many species, including the double-marked raven, common raven, blue tiger and dark blue tiger. We’ll find out if they migrated or originated from Kallar.

To date, a total of 286 species of butterflies have been recorded across the hills of Coimbatore and Siruvani with the highest number of species at 246, followed by Kallar at 206. Over 100 species have been spotted in Singanallur, the Vellalore lakes and the Botanical Garden on Maruthamalai Road.

COIMBATORE: Nature lovers are in for a visual treat as butterflies will start migrating from the Eastern Ghats to the Western Ghats over the next two weeks. Lepidopterists hope to see more butterflies in late September in the wetlands and foothills of the Western Ghats across Coimbatore due to August rains. The butterflies are expected to arrive from the Eastern Ghats at Salem to the foothills of the Nilgiris to the Anamalai Tiger Reserve and a few other wetlands like Singanallur and Vellalore. A group of lepidopterists from the Tamil Nadu Butterfly Society (TNBS) predicted that they would be able to spot around 40,000 to one lakh butterflies during migration. A Pavendhan from TNBS told TNIE: “Butterfly migration is strongly linked to climatic conditions. We expect good numbers of butterflies this time around given the excess rainfall. Unlike birds, butterflies have a one-way migration system, although their subsequent population may migrate to other locations. Lepidopterists have already observed a few species at Kallar near Mettupalayam, giving an early sign of the migration. Another TNBS member, H Ramanasaran, said: “There is a massive increase in the population of many species, including the double-marked raven, common raven, blue tiger and dark blue tiger. We’ll find out if they migrated or originated from Kallar. To date, a total of 286 species of butterflies have been recorded across the hills of Coimbatore and Siruvani with the highest number of species at 246, followed by Kallar at 206. Over 100 species have been spotted in Singanallur, the Vellalore lakes and the Botanical Garden on Maruthamalai Road.

Share.

Comments are closed.