Blue tiger butterflies from Western Ghats offer visual treat at school garden
Kallara (Thiruvananthapuram): Hundreds of butterflies have migrated from the Western Ghats to the butterfly garden prepared by Mathrubhumi Seed Club in Manjappara GUP School. The blue tiger butterflies (Neelakkaduva Salabham in Malayalam) were seen in the garden during November first week.
The devil bean plant which is locally called ‘Kilukki’ (scientific name Crotalaria retusa) grown in the garden attracts the butterflies. Male butterflies are flocking the garden as part of mating.
Many butterflies including the Southern birdwing butterfly (Garuda Salabham in Malayalam), the largest butterfly in the world, the small butterfly grass jewel (Pulneeli in Malayalam) also are found in the garden here.
The butterfly garden in the school was started by environmentalist and butterfly watcher Kiran Pangod and is maintained by the Mathrubhumi Seed Club. Hundreds of butterflies belonging to over 50 different species keep visiting the garden in various seasons.