Rare butterfly on Red List found in Soc Trang Province

A local resident in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang discovered a rare butterfly in his garden, which he later released into the wild.

Huynh Phuoc Hoa and the rare butterfly (Photo: SGGP)

Huynh Phuoc Hoa, 44, from Phu Thanh B Village in Phu Tam Commune in Chau Thanh District found a giant colorful butterfly perched on a branch of a tree in his garden.

Searching on the Internet, he discovered this to be a rare species listed in the Vietnam Red Book.

The butterfly had a brilliant yellow colored body and its wingspan measured 25cm.

According to the Vietnam Red Book, this butterfly species has a scientific name Attacus Atlas and is ranked at level R, which means ‘Rare’ and on verge of extinction.

By Tuan Thanh - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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