- Recently, Arunachal Pradesh has approved the large, brightly coloured Kaiser-i-Hind as the State butterfly.
- Kaiser-i-Hind literally means Emperor of India.
- 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.
- IUCN- Near Threatened
- CITES- Appendix II
- Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972-Schedule II
SOURCE: THE HINDU,THE ECONOMIC TIMES,MINT