Visakhapatnam sees mass motion of butterflies


An uncommon phenomenon was witnessed throughout sure pockets within the metropolis on Monday when swarms of Indian widespread crow butterflies have been seen in a mass motion. The phenomenon was noticed from Thotlakonda until Naval Coastal Battery and was termed as ‘peculiar’ by researchers throughout this time of the yr.

Commuters on Seashore Highway have been bowled over to see such kaleidoscope of butterflies transferring in a route, a phenomenon which occurred from morning until afternoon.

“It virtually felt like a wave of butterflies coming in direction of you. I may really feel many brush previous me,” stated Okay. Sunita, who occurred to move by Seashore Highway at midday.

Usually, earlier than the onset of South West monsoons, the widespread crow and tiger butterflies transfer from Western Ghats to the forests of Jap Ghats and ultimately to the plains to keep away from torrential rains.

The reverse migration is seen in South India earlier than the onset of North East monsoons (October-November) to Western Ghats.

‘Inhabitants outburst’

“Such a type of a mass motion at the moment of the yr may be very peculiar. Varied elements together with beneficial situations on the feeding floor and good rains may have triggered the early migration. One other probably issue may very well be a inhabitants outburst. We will confirm if it was an early migration solely by June -July,” M. Ram Murthy of Dolphin Nature Conservation Society informed The Hindu.

“Identical to locust migration this may very well be a sporadic or native migration. This current possible migration might also be a sign of local weather change,” he added.

The Indian Widespread Crow Butterfly is a standard butterfly discovered from South Asia to Australia. In thick forests, it’s usually seen transferring alongside open tracks or following the course of a river. Together with different species similar to tigers, the widespread crow is likely one of the most typical migrating butterfly species.

Women and men in equal proportions have been seen emigrate. Butterfly fans within the area have been recording the mass migration over greater than a decade now, however it’s the first time that such large-scale motion of widespread crows was reported at the moment of the yr from this area.

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