The State Butterfly of Arunachal Pradesh will be an elusive swallowtail butterfly with the word “India” in its name that was discovered in neighbouring China.
The State Cabinet, led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, designated the Kaiser-i-Hind, a huge, vividly coloured butterfly, as the state butterfly on Saturday. For the first time, the Cabinet meeting was conducted outside of the state capital, Itanagar, in the Pakke Tiger Reserve.
The Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 statement on climate change-resilient and responsive Arunachal Pradesh, aimed at cutting emissions and promoting sustainable development, was also accepted by the Cabinet.
The name Kaiser-i-Hind (Teinopalpus imperialis) directly translates to “Indian Emperor.” This 90-120 mm wingspan butterfly may be found in six states along the Eastern Himalayas, at altitudes ranging from 6,000 to 10,000 feet in well-wooded terrain.
Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China are also home to the butterfly.
The State Wildlife Board approved Koj Rinya’s application to recognise the Kaiser-i-Hind as the state butterfly in January 2020. Rinya is the divisional forest officer of Hapoli Forest Division in the Lower Subansiri area. The idea was created with the goal of increasing butterfly tourism and preventing the species from becoming extinct in the state.
Butterfly lovers frequent the Hapoli Forest Division’s protected areas. Despite being protected under Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972, the Kaiser-i-Hind is hunted for supply to butterfly collectors.
The species is limited to extremely small regions of Arunachal Pradesh, according to Monsoon Jyoti Gogoi, an Assam-based butterfly researcher, and might go extinct if not maintained. “The State Butterfly Tag can help to conserve the environment,” she stated.
In 2012, Usha Lachugpa, a senior forest officer in Sikkim, discovered the first dead specimen of Kaiser-i-Hind. It was caught on video by a few participants at a butterfly viewing meet in the Talle Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh in 2014.
The Kaiser-i-Hind, a red-listed species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, normally flies at treetop height and descends to perch on low plants when there is strong morning sunshine. It is active from April to July, laying eggs on the undersides of leaves.
Source: The Hindu