Butterflies of Bhutan (Of Butterflies, Flowers & Nature) is dedicated to all Bhutanese (Our Visionary Leaders, Generations from past, present and future) who cared and will care to care for Nature. It is only because of 'the care', we have what we have today, a pristine, rich and diverse nature of which Bhutan is known for.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Ludlow's Bhutan Glory remains no more endemic to Bhutan

(First of all, many many apologies to those who were following this blog, for not being able to mantain a continuity of blogging....for I had been bogged down firstly by the 2nd Asian Ministerial Tiger Conference, that made news in 'Kuensel-the National Newspaper' for not having enough lunch left for the Ministers and then trying to get back to where I left before the Tiger-grrrr-conference. I sincerely hope that I now will be able to blog frequently on our butterflies). Anyways.......Now that I am back...

A recent discovery of Ludlow's Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis ludlowi) in Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary expands its distribution now to Arunachal Pradesh in India. The Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary is located closest to Daifam, now named as Jomotsangkha in the fareast of Bhutan (As it appears on Google Earth).
Image from Google Earth showing Tobrang and Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary

The butterfly was photographed in the 1st-2nd week of September of this year by some Indian photographers. During that time, it was mistaken as Bhutan Glory (Bhutanitis lidderdalii) and included in the species page of Bhutan Glory in the website of the Indian Foundation of Butterflies. But later when Mr.Saito Motoki of the Butterfly Society of Japan saw the photographs, he identified it as a female of Ludlow's Bhutan Glory. Mr Saito was involved in last year's joint research of the species in Tobrang, Trashiyangtse.

Picture: Ludlow's Bhutan Glory from Arunachal Pradesh

I peronally feel that this sighting of our National Butterfly in India is of great importance to its conservation and species survival. Prior to this sighting, there has been concerns among some Bhutanese who were worried as to what will we do if this butterfly go extinct from that small area of Tobrang to which it was believed to be endemic. Now that we have confirmed its presence in Arunachal Pradesh, our worry of its ability to survive in other areas is gone and also the focus of thought of collectors who desperately wanted to get their hands on this butterfly is at least for now spread even to India.