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New butterfly species discovered in Sikkim

Date: 06 December 2021 Tags: Biodiversity
  • ZographetusDzonguensis, a butterfly species new to science, was found at Dzongu in Sikkim, a stronghold of the indigenous Lepchas of Sikkim.
  • The team of researchers who discovered the species have proposed the English name ‘Chocolate-bordered Flitter’ as it has a chocolate coloured border around both the wings.
  • Chinese species are similar to the Chocolate-bordered Flitter in general colouration and appearance but have slightly different spotting patterns.
  • The chocolate-brown spots on the hindwing of the Sikkim species are smaller, and the white spots on the forewing are also more sharply defined.