A recently discovered butterfly species at Machu Picchu, Historical Sanctuary


A recently discovered butterfly species at Machu Picchu, Historical Sanctuary

A new species of butterfly has been discovered in the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, a discovery that is exciting news for both science and the biodiversity of Peru. The butterfly has been named Ochrodota camposorum Grados, sp. nov. and belongs to the genus Ochrodota Hampson. Previously, between 1984 and 2017, 11 different species of this genus were recorded in various areas of central and southern America.

The discovery of this new species was made during a faunal study of some groups of nocturnal Lepidoptera conducted in the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu by researcher Juan Grados from the Natural History Museum of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. This new butterfly species is distinguished from others in its genus by the color pattern on its wings, with creamy spots on the forewings and brown stripes on the hindwings.

With the addition of this new species, the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu now boasts a total of 365 recorded butterfly species, making it one of the most researched areas for butterflies within the National System of Protected Natural Areas of Peru. Prior to this discovery, only three species of butterflies from the Ochrodota genus had been recorded in Peru.

In addition to the scientific importance of this discovery, the butterfly’s characteristics such as savings capacity, noise reduction, and environmental sustainability make it an attractive option for production and use, with some already being produced in Peru and available for purchase.

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