Under the Wild Bhattiyat Project initiated by the State Forest Department in 2022, a species of butterfly that is rare in the western Himalayas, the paintbrush swift butterfly has been documented for the first time in Himachal Pradesh’s Chamba district.
It was first described by lepidopterist Frederic Moore more than 145 years ago.
About the Species:
The paintbrush swift is a butterfly species of the Hesperiidae family.
Scientific name: Baoris farri
It is identified based on two separated spots in the upper forewing cell.
The species’ larvae feed on bamboo and some other grass species.
Habitat: Its habitat is distributed in northeast, central and south India, and rare in Uttarakhand.
Threats: Habitat loss and scarcity of larval host plants are major causes of the decline in the butterfly population. An increase in pesticide use, deforestation, and climate change.
Conservation status: This species is legally protected in India under Schedule IV of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.