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2 new butterfly species detected in Moulvibazar

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  • 27th February, 2016 11:03:02 PM
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2 new butterfly species detected in Moulvibazar

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Two new butterfly species - spotless oakblue and shinning plushblue - have been discovered in Moulvibazar recently, reports UNB.

Jiban Bikash Karjocrom, a voluntary organisation, during the preparation of a list of butterflies found the two new species in the country’s northeastern district, said a press release on Saturday.

According to International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), there are 305 butterfly species in Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, a three-day photo exhibition on 57 butterfly species at Drik Gallery in the capital will end on Sunday.

The Jiban Bikash Karjocrom in collaboration with the Forest Department arranged the exhibition titled ‘Chobi Dekho Shekho, Butterfly of Bangladesh - Inventory Fourth Phase’ (Know the butterflies of Bangladesh through pictures).

The exposition has been arranged aiming to create public awareness about the conservation of butterfly and its importance in the ecology.

IUCN country representative (Bangladesh) Ishtiaq Uddin Ahmad and Conservator of Forest Ashit Ranjan Pal, and chairman of Zoology Department at Jahangirnagar University Prof Monwar Hossain was present at the inaugural function of the exhibition on Friday.

Leader of the butterfly inventory group Mirza Shamim Ahsan Habib presided over the function.

As part of preparing the list of butterflies, this time the Jiban Bikash Karjocrom has worked in the country’s eight areas --Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Jessore, Narail, Bandarban (Sadar Upazila), Bhola, Cox’s Bazar and Natore- for 15 months.

The Jiban Bikash Karjocrom is conducting a survey to prepare the list of Bangladeshi butterflies. So far it has completed the survey in 30 districts and identified 238 species of butterfly there.