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* Sri Lanka's Biodiversity Secretariat to declare a butterfly to each province
Sun, Mar 9, 2014, 08:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 09, Colombo: The Biodiversity Secretariat of Sri Lanka's Environment and Renewable Energy Ministry will declare a butterfly for each of the nine provinces in the country.

A butterfly expert group operating under the Biodiversity Secretariat will evaluate the suitability of the chosen butterflies to each province.

According to reports, Sri Lanka is home to 245 species of butterflies and 26 of them are endemic to the country.

Sri Lanka Birdwing, the largest Sri Lankan butterfly, was declared as the national butterfly in 2010.

The nine butterflies that are being looked at for the provinces are reportedly considered flagship species due to their attractive color patterns and have been selected because they are endemic to Sri Lanka, charismatic and readily seen.

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