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Butterflies of Bangladesh, Inventory Phase 2 on display

Update : 10 Nov 2013, 06:27 PM

The butterfly goes places pleasing to it and it pleases wherever it goes.

Drik Gallery is now a place where the city dwellers can go to please themselves, since the gallery is displaying some fabulous snapshots of various types of butterflies of Bangladesh. An exhibition, titled Chobi Dekhe Shekha – Butterflies of Bangladesh Inventory Phase 2, began on November 8.

After covering butterflies of eight districts in Bangladesh in its first phase in 2012, the second installment of the Butterflies of Bangladesh Inventory (BBI) presents a checklist of butterflies of another eight districts.

A group of young photographers worked from June 2012 to May 2013 for digital recording and data collection to cover Gazipur, Narsingdi, Comilla, Manikganj, Kishoreganj, Narayangaj, Panchagarh and Bandarban (only Lama upazilla).

The team was comprised of: Mirza Shamim Ahasan Habib, M Shahtabul Islam, Avra Bhattacharjee, Kazi Farhed Iqbal, M Monowar Mahmud Jewel, Sikder Nizamul Haque, Saifuddin Saif and Maruful Alam Chowdhury.

M Monwar Hossain, a professor of Department of Zoology at Jahangirnagar University, worked with the team to validate the species.

In the exhibition, each photograph includes a brief description of the species including common names, scientific names, wingspans, colours, habits, host plants and geographically recorded locations.

BBI is working with the goal to prepare a full checklist of butterflies that exist in the country.

Butterflies are important pollinators and also good indicators of the ecological quality of a habitat. Some butterflies are vital for economically important plants and are also an important component of the food chain. According to the group, in order to show their importance and raise conservation awareness of this creature, the group devoted itself, voluntarily, in the field of environmental sustainability.

The exhibition will run till November 14 and remain open from 3-8pm every day.

Bangladesh Representative of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Ishtiak Uddin Ahmed inaugurated the exhibition as the Chief Guest. Chief Financial Officer of the sponsor organisation, HSBC Bangladesh, Stephen John Ball was also present at the occasion as the special guest.

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