Staff Correspondent

JORHAT, Jan 29: Two insect species – a hornet and a wasp – were sighted recently by Dr. Bikramaditya Bakalial, Assistant Professor of Zoology at Bahona College, Jorhat.

The species have been identified by an eminent entomologist associated with the Zoological Survey of India (ZSOI), Dr. P Girish Kumar. The species are potter wasp (delta companiforme companiforme) and hornet (vespa soror).

Dr. Bakalial, who has been carrying out research on insects for the past few years, spotted the species inside the college campus. Then, he collected the species and preserved them in the college lab.

“I communicated with Dr. P Girish Kumar, who is a leading scientist of the Zoological Survey of India based in Kozhikode, Kerala,” Bakalial said, narrating the event of discovery.

Dr. Bakalial said that both the species are found in Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. In this context, he informed that he would be carrying out further study on the species to gather more information.

Principal of Bahona College Dr. PK Dutta hailed the initiative of  the teacher, saying it would help pupils to take up research on insects of the State.