- Jade Aster T. Badon, a biologist and instructor at the Silliman University in Dumaguete discovered a new butterfly subspecies
- He named it “Appias phoebe nyudai ssp. n.” and has a distinct funnel-shaped cell end spot in the forewing
- Badon’s discovery has just been published in the entomological journal Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo this month
A Filipino biologist discovered a new butterfly subspecies in Negros Island.
During his hike at the peak of Mount Talinis in Negros Island, Jade Aster T. Badon, a biologist and instructor at the Silliman University in Dumaguete, collected a unique butterfly specimen back in 2012. It was not until 2019 when he learned that his specimen was a completely new subspecies of the “Appias phoebe,” when he attended a wildlife conservation symposium in Leyte.
Badon’s butterfly discovery was named “Appias phoebe nyudai ssp. n.” and has a distinct funnel-shaped cell end spot in the forewing. Badon named it after the painter and lepidopterist Tiny Nuyda, who holds the largest Philippine butterfly collection in the country.
“[The butterfly] was actually featured in one of my books, and then when I skimmed through the pages, I noticed the picture of the butterfly. I said, it looks different,” he told GMA News Online.
“The one here in South Negros is distinctly different from the other subspecies in the country,” he added.
The new butterfly subspecies was deposited in the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity and other institutions in Florida. It’s discovery has also just been published in the entomological journal Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo this month.
Badon earned his biology degree at the Silliman University and masters and doctoral degrees in entomology and nematology at the University of Florida. He is also the president of the Philippine Lepidoptera Butterflies and Moths, Incorporated.