We began in 2017 with this monitoring of diurnal frugivorous butterflies. With the help of volunteers, this monitoring is carried out for 7 days a month, with traps where mashed bananas are placed as bait to attract the butterflies. They are collected for photography and released again. The aim is to analyze if there are variations over the years and/or during the dry and rainy seasons. It is expected in the future to have the resources to continue with this project in the forest canopy to compare it with the understory (layer of plants under the canopy in the forest), where it is currently sampling.
Butterflies are biomarkers of ecosystem health, knowing the diversity and abundance of the different species of butterflies, you can know the state of conservation of an ecosystem.