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Kerala to host dragonfly festival

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    24th Aug, 2020
  • Kerala is preparing to host the first-ever State Dragonfly Festival- Thumbimahotsavam 2020.
  • This is part of a National dragonfly festival being organised by the WWF India, Bombay Natural History Society & Indian Dragonfly Society.
  • It is celebrated in association with the National Biodiversity Board, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Development Programme and IUCN – Centre for Environment Conservation.
  • Official Mascot: Pantalu.
  • Training will be organised to get more people trained on dragonflies to act as resource persons for upcoming events.
  • A dragonfly backyard watch has been announced to enhance participation of people and improve their observation skills.
  • Dragonflies belong to the order Odonata and are ecologically important insects of freshwater habitats.
  • The Western Ghats are home to about 196 species of odonates, more than 40% of which are endemic to the region.

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