The National Museums of Kenya’s project Assessment of Lepidoptera Pollinator Species Diversity Data in East Africa has published a field guide to the butterflies of Taita Hills in Kenya.
The guide was launched at a community conservation centre in Ngangao Forest, Taita Hills on June 10, 2021 with diverse stakeholders in attendance.
They have recorded 211 butterfly species, three of which occur nowhere else in the world except the Taita Hills. With pollinators on the decline, baseline surveys will provide data as a first step towards conservation and this guide will be useful for identification of butterflies during field surveys on insect pollinators diversity in various habitats in Kenya. The field guide is also expected to help local communities, students, and butterfly enthusiasts in butterfly species identification especially those wishing to identify and farm species required by various butterfly markets.
We are delighted with what this project has achieved and invite you to access the guide here.