Butterfly park by KFRI to stay at Kanakakkunnu

The purpose of a butterfly garden is to allure and sustain a variety of butterflies, bees and other such breeds.

Trivandrum Kanakakkunnu palace premises ready to witness the set-up of a new butterfly park by KFRI (Kerala forest research institute). Present moment there is Vasanthotsavam flower show is being organized at Kanakakkunnu.

Vasantholsavam 2018, a visual bonanza happening under the auspice of Kerala tourism from 7th to 14th January for tourists and local residents. But what will remain after the flower feast at the palace premises is a butterfly garden.

The purpose.

The purpose of a butterfly garden is to allure and sustain a variety of butterflies, bees and other such breeds. Giving them a nectar and pollen source with different species of plants. The plants provide a diverse color, shapes and sizes, giving an eco-friendly atmosphere. The nearby trees located in the butterfly park gives some shelter through the winter months and food for caterpillars.

About the garden

The butterfly garden contains 35 types of plants at present. More will be added by the KFRI over time. All plants here had been grown in the ground, not in pots. The KFRI department believes that the garden will slowly evolve into a better one.

In most of the other gardens, chemicals and pesticides are used to make the flower bloom. But in Kanakakkunnu butterfly garden no toxic material had been used. The garden includes larval hosted plants an absolute key to butterfly larvae to feed on.

Garudakodi, A plant on which southern birdwing, the largest butterfly in the country feeds on will be among the plants to be inserted in the plot.

Bottom line

Now those who choose to spend time in Kanakakkunnu premise will feel lucky to play with a diversity of metamorphosed butterflies.

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