Common Ciliate butterfly species flutters around Pachamalai hills

Trichy: A team of ecologists has found the Common Ciliate species of butterflies, which is mostly found in north India, in the Pachamalai hills. The species prefers the habitat in low elevation forests and it has been flourishing in these hills. It is common in West Bengal, Maharashtra, Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh, Nepal, Bhutan and northeast Andaman, but rare in south India. India has about 443 species, most of which are found in the peninsular parts.

The study was carried out by wildlife biologist and assistant professor of environmental science Q Ashoka Chakkaravarthy, St Joseph's College, Trichy. He has been observing the species for the past two years, "This season, from November to January, a large number of lycaenidae family butterfly population has arrived in the Pachamalai hills and Pulliancholai near Thuraiyur." The species is not a strong flier and can often be seen mud-puddling on the road side.

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