Moodbidri: Sammilan Gives Wings to his Dreams with Butterfly Park


Moodbidri: Sammilan Gives Wings to his Dreams with Butterfly Park

Brijesh Garodi
Daijiworld Media Network - Moodbidri
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Moodbidri, Jun 11: Imagine a park brimming with colourful butterflies, of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Sounds like a scene out of a dream, but Sammilan Shetty has realized that dream into reality.

Sammilan Shetty, son of the late Sadashiva A Shetty and Manimala Shetty, has developed a park at Belvai in Moodbidri where he grows and conserves a variety of butterflies.

Born on May 23, 1985 in a village named Belvai in Moodbidri, he did his schooling at Rotary English Medium School, Moodbidri and then studied at Sri Bhuvanendra College, Karkala. He later joined Alva’s College and passed his BSc in Microbiology and BSc HS from Moti Mahal College and is presently working as a lecturer at Laxmi Memorial College of Hotel Management, Mangalore. He is also pursuing his MBA in tourism as a correspondent student.

While he was pursuing his undergraduation, his zoology teacher, Ashok C H, HOD, zoology department, Alva’s College, asked him to prepare a project on local butterflies. This project in turn infused in Sammilan a deep and lasting love for butterflies. Hailing from a village, and having spent his childhood playing in the nearby forest areas and paddy field, he had a special bond with nature.

He converted his interest in butterflies into a hobby, which ultimately became his passion. He had vast ancestral land of nearly 7.5 acres, where he decided to start his butterfly park. In the beginning, he identified the host plants in the 3.5 acres of secondary forest land, which would support the larval stage of butterflies. Three acres were used to grow nectar plants that support the growth and dwelling of adult butterflies. In the remaining 1 acre host plants were introduced, says Sammilan.

Butterflies usually consume nectar from flowers, rotten fruit liquids, minerals from wet muddy patches, alkaloids from Crotolaria sp, other alkaloid rich plants, dead organisms, bird droppings, cow dung and human sweat, he says.

Sammilan has a collection of more than 100 species, which is still growing. He has also different varieties of common, rare and very importantly, the endemic species of butterflies. Some of species are Great Evening Brown, Clipper, Red Spot Duke, Large Oak Blue, Redspot, Banded Blue Pierrot, Paris Peacock, Malabar Banded Peacock, Southern Birdwing, Common Mormon, Commander, Common Pierrot, Common Lascar, Grey Count and many more.

India has about 12 butterfly parks and has more than 1,600 species of butterflies. Karnataka has two other butterfly parks, at Bannerghatta in Bangalore and Karanji Butterfly Park in Mysore. The park what Sammilan has created is an open one, similar to the one in Mysore. Bangalore Park is a closed one.

On the gradual disappearance of some species of butterflies, he says some of the major reasons are destruction of habitats, use of pesticides and weedicides which destroy the larva and host plants, grazing and poaching of butterflies which fetch high price in illegal markets.

He wishes to make his park the world's best and most beautiful butterfly park. "I thank my parents, relatives, friends and butterfly experts from all over India who have been supporting, guiding and advising me in all his ways," he humbly says.

"I have been getting good response from the public and I am planning to open this park for public in a year. This park would focus on conservation and aim to create awareness among the people about the extinction of species of butterflies which in turn creates an imbalance in the food chain and also affects the population of butterfly pollinated plants," Sammilan says.

  

Comment on this article

  • M S RAO, MANGALORE

    Wed, Jul 4 2012

    Oh very good & noble work by Mr Sammilan Shetty.. I had the privilege of visiting the park recently and was delighted & excited to see various butterflies. Wishing all the best and hope to see full fledged park soon.

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  • J M Bhandary, Mangalore, USA

    Wed, Jun 13 2012

    Excellent project. Best wishes for success.

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  • Sammilan Shetty, Belvai

    Wed, Jun 13 2012

    Thank you all for your kind words and support..:))
    Catch me on facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/sammilan.shetty

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  • NAveena RAO, Karkala

    Sun, Jan 22 2017

    Sir_ what is the best time to visit park to witness flying beauties !?

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  • nasir, karkala

    Tue, Jun 12 2012

    very beautiful and rare to see
    Thanx

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  • Irshad Akbar, Yermal, Karnataka.

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Great Job Sami, all the best........

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  • Shaleen, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Butterflies are my childhood friends too. Thanks Mr.Sammilan. Wish to visit your park.

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  • Mathew, Kasargod/Ajman

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Article reminds of beautiful bufferfly park of Calgary Zoo I visited in Canada. Good Work Sammilan, Keep it up. You can help to make Belvai a tourist spot.

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  • Henry Lewis, Sastan/Kuwait

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    It is marvelous efforts keep it up Sammilan

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  • Well wisher, Moodbidri/Kuwait

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Hey...Sammilan, so happy to see my schoolmate and my bros classmate doing a great job. U r great, May god Bless you abundantly in your ventures :)keep going , All the best!!!

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  • Rupesh, Moodbidri

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Beautiful pictures, nice to see variert of butterflies. I too remember catching the butterflies and then letting off. Park is a great idea.

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  • Benjamin, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Beautiful Butterflies make Beautiful Nature.... Lovely pic's.

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  • Antony, Belvai

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Sami ... Great job man....

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  • Anita, Mulki/Bahrain

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Samminlan, congrats for the good work on your butterflies park. I love butterflies and definitely will visit your park when it is opened to the public.

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  • Vincent Fernandes, Belvai / Dubai

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    I am delighted to know that, this kind of park has come up in Belvai. If you have the love and passion for something nothing is impossible and Mr. Sammilan has shown exactly this. Congratulations Mr. Sammilan, may your work be recognized by all. Hope to visit your beautiful Butterfly Park someday.

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  • Sheba, Mangalore/Dubai

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Well done Sammilan, it was a pleasure having you as my student. May God bless you in all of your endeavours, especially this beautiful venture of yours.

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  • S.A. G, Dubai/Karkala

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Hai, its wonderfull to have such such park in village,pls prowide address details, i am visiting belvai very soon.

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    WELL DONE.REALLY GREAT.KEEP IT UP.

    YOU HAVE MADE SAMMILAN OF BUTTERFLIES.

    WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS BUTTERFLY PARK SOON. JAI HO.

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  • Daniel A Pinto, Mangalore / Bahrain

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Hatsoff to you Mr.Sammilan

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  • K Abhishek Shenoy, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Wonderful job, Mr. Sammilan.. Butterflies are creatures that are harmless. It's a beautiful sight when these colourful butterflies just sit on flowers and give us a treat to the eyes. A garden is incomplete without these little visitors.

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  • Reema Shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    My childhood memories......Butterfly park is also possible..?!! Hatsoff to Sammilan..

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  • Vinayak, Mangalore / Dubai

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    Wonderful... Bravo... Once this park opens, it would be a great achievment and also a boon for the people of undivided twin district. One would not have to go too far to view these beauty of nature. It would be a great place for the newer generation to understand the ecology and nature. May be they will create awareness to other people. Congratulations Sammilan.. There are no words to your work and your hardships in this project is priceless. May you succeed in all your endevours. All the best to you !

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  • Rakesh shetty, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 11 2012

    GREAT MAN. WELL DONE. KEEP IT UP.

    YOU HAVE MAD SAMMILANA OF BUTTERFLIES.

    KEEP THIS PARK OPEN TO ALL PUBLIC. I WANT TO VISIT THIS PARK.

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