Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly declared state butterfly of Arunachal Pradesh
23rd Nov, 2021
Recently, Arunachal Pradesh has approved the large, brightly coloured Kaiser-i-Hind as its State butterfly.
Important facts about the species
- Scientific Name- Teinopalpus imperialis
- Kaiser-i-Hind (meaning Emperor of India) is a very rare and elusive swallowtail butterfly.
- Swallowtail butterfly is any of a group of butterflies in the family Papilionidae (order Lepidoptera).
- The species is found at medium and higher elevations. 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 six states (West Bengal, Meghalaya, Assam, Sikkim, and Manipur) along the Eastern Himalayas at elevations from 6,000-10,000 feet in well-wooded terrain.
- Its presence indicates the existence of a good forest ecosystem and protection.
Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 Declaration
- Arunachal Pradesh adopted the Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 Declaration on Climate Change-Resilient and Responsive Arunachal Pradesh.
- The declaration is aimed at lowering emissions and achieving sustainable development.
- The butterfly also flutters in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China.
- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN): Near Threatened
- Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora(CITES): Appendix II
- Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule II
Other butterflies in the news
- Malabar Banded Peacock or the Buddha Mayoori was recently declared the ‘State Butterfly’ of Kerala will have a dedicated butterfly park in Kochi.
- Tamil Nadu has also recently declared Tamil Yeoman (Cirrochroa Thais) as its state butterfly to symbolize its rich natural and cultural heritage.
- Other states to have state butterflies are
- Maharashtra (Blue Mormon)
- Uttarakhand (Common peacock)
- Karnataka (Southern birdwings)