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Long-lost moth species caught on camera in T.N. forest

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Long-lost moth species caught on camera in T.N. forest

Why in news :

  • Two researchers from Tamil Nadu have spotted a rare moth species for the first time in India in the buffer zone of the Kalakkad–Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) after it was last sighted 127 years ago — at Trincomalee in Sri Lanka in 1893.
  • Interestingly, this is the first time in the world to photograph the moth species Mimeusemia ceylonica, as only an illustration of the insect existed previously.

About Mimeusemia ceylonica :

  • Mimeusemia ceylonica is a moth species belonging to the subfamily Agaristinae and family Noctuidae.

  • It was first illustrated and described by English entomologist George Hampson in 1893.
  • The species was rediscovered during a moth survey conducted on October 11, 2020 at the Agasthyamalai Community-based Conservation Centre (ACCC) situated in the buffer zone of KMTR, Tirunelveli district.

Syllabus : Prelims; Environment

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