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A decade of a project to document India's butterflies gets more ambitious

Butterflies of India (IFoundButterflies.org), a website launched by Kunte in 2010, crowd-sources images to map and document butterflies in India.

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Nikita Puri  |  New Delhi 

In December 2012, Nitin Ravikanthachari, a college student in Bengaluru, went to Hesaraghatta Lake, a freshwater reservoir popular with birders. A budding interest in nature photography had spurred him to make the trip to the city’s outskirts.

He returned with many pictures, one of which was of a butterfly he couldn’t identify. He sent the picture to Krushnamegh Kunte, an associate professor at Bengaluru’s National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), to be uploaded to a digital database of Indian butterflies. “My jaw dropped when I saw that picture. This ...

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First Published: Fri, May 15 2020. 21:56 IST
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