Like every year, a 'Butterfly Fair-2015', organised by the Department of Zoology began on Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus on Friday.
A large number of visitors are enjoying the colours and patterns of live butterflies, watching photography exhibition and attending various programmes.
With the theme ‘Urley Akashe Projapoti, Prokriti Pay Notun Goti’ (The nature get new momentum if butterfly flies), the Zoology department organized the fair for the sixth time in association with Daffodil International University (DIU) , Prakriti O Jibon Foundation, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and with media partnership with private television Channel I.
JU Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Abul Hossain inaugurated the fair releasing balloons and butterflies around 10am.
Professor Monawar Hossain of Zoology department, who is also the convener of the fair, Mukit Mozumder Babu, chairman of Prokiti O Jibon Foundation, Mr. Istiakh Uddin Ahmed, Country representative of IUCN-Bangladesh, Director Channel I and Prof. Dr. S. M. Mahbub-Ul-Haque Mojumder, dean, faculty of Science and Technology of Daffodil International University were present in the occasion.
Besides, the country’s first butterfly park and research center were also inaugurated on the occasion.
Students from different institutions, teachers, children, their families, amateur photographers and butterfly lovers gathered on the campus since morning to enjoy the fair.
Around 1,000 butterflies of 125 species of living butterflies are displayed. They included Plain Tiger, Common Crow, Plum Judy, Dingy Bush Brown, Common Duffer, Ape Fly, Pea Blue, Tiny Grass Blue, Oak Blue, Common Sailor, Common Rose, Blue Mormon, Striped Albatross, Mottled Emigrant, Common Grass Yellow, Monkey Puzzle, Blue Pansy and Painted Lady.
The daylong fair also included children's art competition on nature and butterfly, photography competition on butterfly, displaying living butterfly, kite flying, butterfly identification competition prize distribution of the competitions, cultural event and documentary show on butterfly.
Prof Abul Hossain said, “Butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough."