Lepidopterists Rejoice! A rare (Callerebfia Surofia Tytler) species of butterfly was spotted and photographed by Harmenn Hufidrom and Baleshwor Singh Sofibam during an expedition to Shirui Kashong peak in the state on July 13 last year. The butterfly was captured in reel near a footpath leading to the peak at an altitude of 2,330 metres.
Last sighted a 100 years ago
The butterfly is medium-sized with 55mm to 70mm wingspan. The upper side of the forewing is dark velvet brown in colour with a terminal area paler and sprinkled with greyish scales. It is to be noted that the same species of butterfly was last sighted more than a century ago in 1914 by HC Tytler. And that too in the same locality. The location is around 25 km from Ukhrul town. Outside India, it has been reported to be seen in China and Vietnam.
Manipur: The Butterfly Hotspot
Ever since Tytler published the papers titled Notes on some New and Interesting Butterflies from Manipur and Naga Hills Part 1-2 during 1914-1915, Manipur has been known as a ‘Butterfly Hotspot’. The journal listed numerous rare and interesting species such as Apatura manipurienisis, Euthalia curvifascia and others.
A preliminary survey of butterflies in different parts of Manipur confirms the presence of more than 400 species in the territory of which many species are endemic species and protected under the Wildlife Protection Act.
Source: The Telegraph