Documentation of as many as 171 different species of butterflies was completed during the fifth Ziro Butterfly Meet from Yazali area in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh. The two-day event ended last Sunday. Some of the rare species spotted during the meet include White Dragontail, Veined Jay, Bispot, Black Prince, Large Yeoman, Tiger Hopper, Red Base, Jezebel, Grey Pansy and Chocolate Tiger.
The meet organised was by an NGO NgunuZiro, came up with a set of recommendations, including submission of proposals to the government for declaration of Kaiser-e-Hind as the State butterfly and the Talle Wildlife Sanctuary as a Butterfly Sanctuary.
Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Koj Rinya speaking at the function said that whole of Lower Subansiri district could be developed as a butterfly hub. She welcomed all to visit Talle Wildlife Sanctuary where some of the rarest butterflies in the world are found.
‘Butterfly Man of India’ Isaac Kehimkar gave a power-point presentation highlighting the importance of butterflies in the ecosystem and advocated for seeking funds from various corporate sectors under CSR for butterfly conservation.