Discovery of a new sub-species of the six-line blue butterfly
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31st Mar, 2021
A new sub-species of the six-line blue butterfly have been found from the south Western Ghats.
About the newly found butterfly
- Name: Nacaduba Sinhala Ramaswami.
- Vernacular identification: Ramaswami’s Six Lineblue and Ceylon Varayanneeli
- Genus: The Lycaenid butterfly belongs to the Nacaduba genus.
- It was kept within the Threatened Taxa in March 2021.
- Physical features: This butterfly has the following features:
- Furry eyes
- Anastomosis of veins 11 and 12 on forewings
- Male wings havea purple gloss on the higher aspect
- Higher aspect of each sex with uninteresting whitish striae
- Host: The leaves of the Dimocarpuslongon act as the host plant of the butterfly.
- Life Cycle: Its varied states are of egg to ultimate instar larvae.
- Habitat:The distribution of line blues butterflies varies from India and Sri Lanka, entire southeastern Asia, Australia, and Samoa.