DUMAGUETE CITY, NEGROS ORIENTAL — A Biology professor in Silliman University, Dr. Jade Aster T. Badon, has discovered a new butterfly subspecies that can only be found in Mount Talinis in Negros Oriental. The new subspecies bears the scientific name Appias phoebe nuydai.
“This butterfly is important because aside from being endemic to the Philippines, they can only be found at higher elevations, at least 1,500 meters above sea level,” Badon said.
“My advisor passed away ten days after I graduated [grad school]. Before he passed away, he told me, I can’t wait for what you’re going to accomplish. I feel honored to be able to discover something because he was expecting a lot from me. I feel happy that I discovered this unexpectedly,” he said.
Badon named the new butterfly after Justin S. Nuyda, a painter and one of the first Filipinos to document the country’s butterflies, for his valuable contribution to the study of Philippine butterflies. His research just been published in Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo (NEVA).
Badon is a biologist, instructor, and the president of the Philippine Lepidoptera Butterflies and Moths, Incorporated.