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Al Washaq Nature’s Bulletin Spots Return of Blue Tiger Butterfly to Oman After 37 Years of Absence

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Muscat, 16 Aug (ONA) —- The Diwan of Royal Court’s nature bulletin “Al Washaq” (in its 68th issue) discussed the return of “blue tiger butterfly” to the wild in Oman after 37 years of absence. 

This species of butterfly was spotted in many areas around Oman, including Manah, Sinaw, A’Rustaq and Wadi Bani Kharus.

The blue tiger butterfly, whose presence was registered in Oman in July and August 2020, ranks second in the species of milkweed butterflies (Danainae).

In fact, the (blue) tiger butterfly is the only species of its kind registered in Oman and it is known to have taken its habitats in southeast Asia, according to scientific studies. The insects became famous due to their mass migration across countries of the Indian peninsula.

Al Washaq, issued by the National Research Centre specialized in conservation of the environment, is published in paper and electronic forms in Arabic and English.

The bulletin covers a wide range of environment-related issues, as well as local, Arab and international news on environment affairs. It offers a meaningful set of research articles serving the environment and society.
Al Washaq takes credit for a project on wild plant collection, ‘semination’ (distribution of seeds) and cultivation that saw the participation of a large segment of the local community, as well as a renewable energy project aimed at realizing commercial use of clean energy. 
—- Ends/AB/KH