Tailless Lineblue butterfly spotted in Delhi for first time

What is the News?

Ecologists have spotted “Tailless Lineblue”, a species of butterfly for the first time in Delhi.

What is Tailless Lineblue?
Source: TOI

Tailless Lineblue or Prosotas dubiosa or Small Purple Lineblue is a blue butterfly (Lycaenidae) species found in Asia to Australia. 

The species was first described by Georg Semper in 1879.

Significance of spotting Tailless Lineblue butterfly species in Delhi

The sightings confirm the migration of the Tailless Lineblue butterfly from areas high in moisture. The migration might happen from the Himalayan foothills. It also shows that the range of this butterfly is extending.

Studying solitary insects like butterflies is very important and can be used as a very effective tool to understand climate change, and global warming, especially for a city like Delhi.

However, the Ecologists have stressed that the presence of the butterfly doesn’t indicate any improvement in Delhi’s environment. 

Source: The post is based on the article “Tailless Lineblue butterfly spotted in Delhi for first time” published in TOI on 9th May 2022

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