Khaki Silverline Butterfly: A New Record for Bhutan

With the addition of Khaki Silverline (Cigaritis rukmini), total number of butterfly species recorded in Bhutan is 728. Mr. Kado Rinchen, a senior forestkhaki-silverlineer of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park spotted the butterfly on 1st October, 2016 at Tongtophey, Trongsa.

Mr. Karma Wangdi, a research assistant of the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment has confirmed it as a new record for Bhutan in the family of Lycaenidae (Blues). According to Karma Wangdi, with the addition of this new record, Bhutan now has 174 species of Lycaenidae.

 Common Name Khaki Silverline
 Scientific Name Cigaritis rukmini
 Genus Cigaritis Syn. Spindasis
 Species rukmini
 Status Rare
 Site Tongtophey, Langthel Park Range, JSWNP
 Date 1st October, 2016
 Elevation 1016 masl

-Submitted by: UWICE

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