During a bird-watching trip in Arunachal Pradesh, a new butterfly species, frosted duskywing, was sighted by Coimbatore-based entrepreneur P.B. Balaji. Balaji, a member of Coimbatore Nature Society, was visiting Arunachal Pradesh for the first time. He was one of the participants of a recent bird-watching trip which was organised and led by Nikhil Bhopale of Gaia Eco Tours.
It was in Kibithu where he spotted the butterfly. It was around about 9:50 in the morning. When Balaji returned from the trip, he looked up many guides in India to identify the butterfly that he has seen but to no avail. He also got in touch with a few experts but only when he posted on the Facebook forum Butterflies of India, he got to know that it was Erynnis pelias of the Hesperiidae family. It was identified by Krushnamegh Kunte of National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore, and Hiduyuke Chiba, a leading expert on Asian skippers.
Although sighting of the species has been reported from east Tibet and west China, this was the first sighting of the species in India.
Source: Roopak Goswami (Telegraph India)
Photo courtesy: P.B. Balaji