ZSI scientists says Moths are key pollinators in Himalayan ecosystem

Posted on:29 Oct 2018 14:44:54
ZSI scientists says Moths are key pollinators in Himalayan ecosystem
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.


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.


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