STATE BUTTERFLY OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH

  • Recently, Arunachal Pradesh has approved the large, brightly coloured Kaiser-i-Hind as the State butterfly.
  • Kaiser-i-Hind literally means Emperor of India.

Important points:

  • It is one of the very rare and elusive swallowtail butterflies which are found at medium and higher elevations.
  • Swallowtail butterfly is any of a group of butterflies in the family Papilionidae (order Lepidoptera).
  • It flies high in the canopy of broad leaved temperate evergreen forests.
  • The temperate evergreen forests are found in the Eastern and Western Himalayas.
  • This butterfly with a 90-120 mm wingspan is found in (West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam, Sikkim and Manipur) along the Eastern Himalayas.
  • Its presence indicates the existence of a good forest ecosystem and protection.
  • The butterfly also flutters in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and southern China.

Protection Status:

  1. IUCN- Near Threatened
  2. CITES- Appendix II
  3. Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972-Schedule II

SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT

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