There’s a new butterfly in the Philippines!
Jade Aster Badon, a biologist and instructor at Silliman University in Dumaguete, discovered the butterfly when he hiked to the peak of Mount Talinis in Negros Oriental back in 2012. He collected the specimen around Lake Nailig, a crater lake near the summit.
But it wasn’t until 2019 that he realized it was a completely new subspecies of the Appias phoebe, when he attended a wildlife conservation symposium in Leyte.
Badon said, “[The butterfly] was actually featured in one of my books…When I skimmed through the pages, I noticed the picture of the butterfly. I said, it looks different. The one here in South Negros is distinctly different from the other subspecies in the country.”
He said the new subspecies can only be found in Mount Talinis, over 1,500 meters above sea level.
Badon named the new butterfly after Justin Nuyda, a painter and one of the first to document Philippine butterflies.