29 October 2018 Current Affairs:
The scientists of Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has revealed that Moths (Lepidoptera), which is widely considered as pests, are pollinators to a number of flowering plants in the Himalayan ecosystem. The scientists collected moth samples from states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and West Bengal. The analysis of proboscis, a long and thread-like organ used to suck flower sap, of a dozen moth species’ revealed the presence of pollen grains.
Researchers have pointed out that almost two-thirds of common large moth species have declined over the last 40 years in some parts of the world. One of the main reasons for the decline is light pollution.