Kottayam: The Sahyadri Banded Royal (Rachana Jalindra Macanita) is rarely spotted and even less photographed. But Nat Geo YourShoot featured wildlife photographer Praveen G. Nair and Bimal Antony of Save Tree Safe Life Organization have done both. The duo spotted it during a habitat research at Chennappady here, located on the Manimala riverbank.
The color of Sahyadri Banded Royal is mostly white with a broad dark brown discal band on the forewing. The males have a shining violet blue color.
A declining species and a highly uncommon variety, the Sahyadri Banded Royals live in the thickest forests below 1,500 meters. Only a few sightings have been recorded so far.
Rare moths were also sighted by the wildlife enthusiasts. Identification of these moths is in progress.