LARGE BRANDED SWIFT (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Env and Eco)

News-CRUX-10     13th April 2024        

Context: Recently, the large branded swift, a butterfly species commonly seen in the Himalayas and Northeast, has been spotted in Delhi for the first time.

oThe species has never been found previously in northwest India due to its arid or semi-arid climate.

 Large Branded Swift

  • About: It is a butterfly belonging to the family Hesperiidae found in India.
  • Scientific name: Pelopidas subochracea
  • Unexpected Presence: Ecologists in southwest Delhi's Najafgarh discovered three specimens of a Himalayan butterfly during the previous monsoon.
  • Significance of Urban Biodiversity

oThe discovery underscores the presence of hidden biodiversity within urban environments.

oIt highlights the importance of preserving green spaces and creating butterfly corridors within cities.

oNajafgarh's significance extends beyond birds, supporting diverse creatures like butterflies.

  • Rarity of Large Branded Swift: The large branded swift, previously unseen in northwest India, was recorded, showcasing the region's biodiversity surprises.

Past Discoveries: Earlier sightings of the Common Cerulean and Tailless Lineblue butterflies in 2022 emphasize the ongoing exploration and documentation of butterfly diversity in the National Capital Region.

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