Sept 10, 2015 (LBO) – India’s Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has sought Sri Lanka’s help to study the newly declared state butterfly of Maharashtra, the Blue Mormon, as they do not have sufficient information about it, he said.
He had made this request to Sri Lanka’s Consul General to Mumbai, Saroja Sirisena, during a recent meeting, the Mid-Day reported.
Maharashtra, where the commercial capital Mumbai is based, is home to 225 varieties of butterflies and accounts for 15 per cent of the country’s estimated butterfly population.
The Blue Mormon is the second largest in size among all butterflies, second only to the Southern Birdwing. It is found only in Sri Lanka, Western Ghats of Maharashtra, and the coastal belts of India, according to the Indian Express.
Sirisena also invited Mungatiwar to study Sri Lanka’s forests and the high density of leopards on the island.
“We will visit Sri Lanka to study leopards, as the state has a considerable big cat population,” an official of the Forest Ministry said.