Butterflies to flutter on 18th

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Mumbai: Butterflies have captured human imagination for longer than we can remember. Interesting to study, they are also depicted in various forms like art, mythology and folklore. Popularly known as the Butterflyman of India, Mr. Isaac Kehimkar the Deputy Director (Natural History), BNHS has dedicated 30 years of his life to these winged beauties. ‘Butterflies of India’ authored by him is a publication every butterfly enthusiast must own. The book will be launched on 18th November, Friday, at 6:00 pm at the Hornbill House, Mumbai. Mr. Bittu Sahgal, Founding Editor of Sanctuary Asia, a renowned conservationist and a friend of BNHS will release the book.

The function:
One of the most awaited works of the Butterflyman of India published by BNHS, ‘Butterflies of India’ is set to be launched at a function at the Hornbill House. The function will present an opportunity to hear the author Mr. Isaac Kehimkar share his experiences while writing this magnum opus and the journey of this book through ten years of its inception to final result in the form of this colourful book. Mr. Bittu Sahgal, who will be the Chief Guest, would articulate his thoughts not only about the book but also about his friend of many years Mr. Kehimkar.

“I am glad the book which has contributions not just from butterfly lovers in India but also from our neighboring countries like Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan is ready for release. This was truly a delightful journey in making this book and I hope the readers too will enjoy this endless chase of butterflies,” says Mr. Isaac Kehimkar.

Highlights of the Book:
A field guide for butterfly identification which includes

· 1000+ species and subspecies of butterflies
· Covering butterfly fauna from almost every part of India as far Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Ladakh and Northeast India; also from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar
· With 1800+ colour images of butterflies from their natural habitats
· Simple descriptions with few technical terms
· Tips to attract these flying beauties to your garden
· Tips to make your garden a butterfly garden
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About the author:
Though he is known as the Butterflyman of India, Mr. Isaac Kehimkar is a keen naturalist breathing wildlife right since his childhood. He joined BNHS as a volunteer, proceeding to be the librarian, PRO, managing programmes of the Society and now the Deputy Director for Natural History. He is one of those few people who can nurture their passion to make it their profession. He has not only chased butterflies but also studied reptiles and amphibians, wild flowers, and moths. He is a living encyclopaedia of Natural History!

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