GUWAHATI, June 18 � This may be the news of much significance for the Guwahatians, who are facing the menace of environmental degradation in a growing manner every passing day! However, we leave it to the zoologists and the environmental scientists to utter the final word on the topic.
Swarms of a small yellow butterfly species, may be the common grass yellow (Cerias hecabe), have been seen gaily fluttering over a vast city area for the past about two to three days. The area includes the Kharghuli to Guwahati Refinery Sector-I stretch of the Kharghuli-Noonmati Road, the Narengi to Hatigarh stretch of the Zoo-Narengi Road and the Hatigarh Chariali point to the Ambikagiri Nagar portion of the Hatigarh area.
Though in some parts the continuity of their presence seem to be broken, the butterfly species observed in all these areas is of the same species. However, the Refinery Sector-I part has recorded the highest number of population of this species. This correspondent visited the above parts of the city to assess the actual size of the butterfly present in those areas during the afternoon hours today. However, the butterflies going by their habits, were resting and were not on their wings.
According to Dilip Dutta, a former assistant secretary of the Publication Board, Assam, who is a regular user of the Kharghuli-Noonmati Road, the butterflies are seen fluttering when the ambient temperature remains soothing, particularly in the early morning hours. These insects create a divine atmosphere while on their wings in huge numbers in the Kharghuli-Noonmati Road area, Dutta said.