Ask any naturalists and they’ll inform you that the sight of butterflies flying round is a sign of a wholesome setting. In Goa, cotigao‘s butterfly park is proof of this. Since its launch in 2011, the park has change into one of the best place to see an array of those stunning winged creatures.
Located contained in the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary in Canacona, at Hatipawl, that is Goa’s solely state-run butterfly park. Created underneath the forest division, the eco-tourism mission, unfold throughout an space of round 2,000sqm, goals at making residents conscious and sensitising them to the position that butterflies play within the ecosystem.
While guests can simply spot wherever between 30-40 butterfly species right here every day, the register maintained by forest officers to meticulously jot down the names of the butterflies noticed on the park reveals at least 50 names on any given day.
In all, over 180 species of butterflies have been recorded being sighted on the park until date. The finest time for nature lovers to identify butterflies and catch them in motion is from 9am to 12noon as that is when the dew seeps into the flowers.
The forest officers meticulously jot down the names of the butterflies noticed on the park by them every day. The register reveals at least 50 names on any given day. From the Tamil Cat’s Eye to the world’s largest moth, the Atlas moth, to Asia’s largest butterfly, the Southern Birdwing, have all been recorded on the park. The Malabar Banded swallowtail is likely one of the rarest sights one can catch on the park.
Officials say it’s the planting of fastidiously picked host vegetation that ensures that an array of the winged species stay hovering round. Range forest officer Anant Velip stated that these completely different host vegetation and nectar vegetation have been planted on the park to draw the winged creatures. The staffers too are at work always to take care of one rearing chamber for the winged guests.
Till date, the park has obtained 3,349 guests. Free entry passes are additionally issued to famend environmentalists in addition to faculty youngsters who are available in teams of greater than 150.