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Kaiser-i-Hind: Arunachal’s State butterfly

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  • November 15, 2021
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Kaiser-i-Hind: Arunachal’s State butterfly

Part of: Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity; Environment 

Context A swallowtail butterfly carrying ‘India’ in its name will become the State butterfly of Arunachal Pradesh.

  • The butterfly is also known as Kaiser-i-Hind.

Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 declaration

  • The State Cabinet also adopted the Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 declaration on climate change-resilient and responsive Arunachal Pradesh aimed at lowering emissions and sustainable development.

About Kaiser-i-Hind

  • Kaiser-i-Hind ( Teinopalpus imperialis ) literally means Emperor of India. 
  • This butterfly with a 90-120 mm wingspan is found in six States along the eastern Himalayas at elevations from 6,000-10,000 feet in well-wooded terrain.
  • Countries: The butterfly also flutters in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and southern China.
  • Protection: It is protected under Schedule II of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972
  • Threats: It is hunted for supply to butterfly collectors.
  • The species is confined to very few pockets of Arunachal Pradesh and could become extinct if not conserved
  • Implication of the tag: The State butterfly tag can translate into its habitat conservation

About Pakke Tiger Reserve 

  • It is also known as Pakhui Tiger Reserve.
  • It is located in Arunachal Pradesh 
  • Falls within the Eastern Himalaya Biodiversity Hotspot. 
  • Known for its amazing sightings of four resident hornbill species.
  • This Tiger Reserve has won India Biodiversity Award 2016 in the category of ‘Conservation of threatened species’ for its Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme.
  • It is bounded by Bhareli or Kameng River in the west and north, and by Pakke River in the east. It is surrounded by contiguous forests on most sides.

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