Possibilities of creating ‘highways’ for butterflies

Have important roles to play in our ecosystem. On the one hand they’re excellent pollinators, therefore help plants reproduce and they also form an important part of the food web.


Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Team of experts from both Delhi University and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) are exploring a possibility in which butterfly corridors could be developed by crisscrossing the busy national capital through connection of the city’s green patches. Survey was conducted in September 2017 found out that there are at least 70 different species of butterflies in the city.

These corridors or ‘Butterfly Highways’ provide them a safe passage for them to travel from one park or to the next which was considered necessary for their survival. After conducting a survey, researchers have listed existing green spaces such as the Yamuna Biodiversity Park, Asola Bhatti Sanctuary, the ridge area, Delhi zoo and Lodhi Garden among others and prepare them to attract the butterflies.

Delhi already has some butterfly parks in places such as the Yamuna Biodiversity Park. More than a dozen such parks have been developed by BNHS in various schools and colleges across Delhi and NCR. Some experts, however, raised doubts about the plan, saying that it might not be feasible to develop such butterfly corridors.


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