Hindustan Times (Noida)

3rd Big Butterfly Count held in Delhi-ncr

- HT Correspond­ent htreporter­s@hindustant­imes.com ■

NEW DELHI: Searching for butterflie­s, more than five hundred people fanned out in some of the greenest parts of Delhi on Sunday. People from various walks of life including children, wildlife enthusiast­s and experts were participan­ts in the third Big Butterfly Count.

The count, led by Bombay Natural History Society, also marked the culminatio­n of the Butterfly Month which started earlier this month.experts who participat­ed in the count, however, said the number of species spotted this year could be lower compared to previous years because of heavy rains on Saturday and the windy conditions that prevailed on Sunday morning.

“This time spotting the butterflie­s was a bit difficult. They were hiding in the bushes because of Butterly counting at 45 locations across Delhi-ncr

More than 500 people participat­ed in initiative led by Bombay Natural History Society

Final count to be released on September 28

Final count is expected to drop because of rain and windy conditions

strong winds. The count could drop this year,” Sohail Madan, centre manager OFBNHS at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary, said.

When the count started in 2017, at least 69 species were spotted ,

in 2018 the count went up to 75. This final count for this year is expected to be released on September 28.

Preliminar­y results from the city’s seven biodiversi­ty parks revealed that the maximum number of species was recorded at the Aravalli Biodiversi­ty Park.

Butterflie­s are among the most widely studied insects in the world and are said to be the best pollinator­s along with bees. They are also believed to good indicators of pollution.

“Butterflie­s need some specific host plants which are found in the wild. Manicured gardens and parks lack these host plants as they are removed as weeds. In biodiversi­ty parks, we have created butterfly conservato­ries which host such plants ,” Faiyaz A Khudsar, scientist-in-charge , Yamuna Biodiversi­ty Park, said.experts now plan to create butterfly corridors in the city by planting host plants in various parks and gardens which would act as highways for the butterflie­s while they are travelling from one park to another in search of food and breeding spaces.

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