A newly discovered moth is being named after the Apatani community of Arunachal Pradesh. It was first clicked by Punyo Chada, a schoolteacher and avid naturalist at Talle Valley in September 2010. The decision to name the moth was taken at the recently concluded, third Northeast Butterfly Meet in Arunachal Pradesh.
For the first time, a moth is being named after the Apatani community. The common name will be Apatani Glory. It will take around three months to finalize the scientific name. It will be named after Punyo Chada, as he was the first person to take a picture.
Some of the significant species recorded at Talle Valley were Scarce Evening Brown (very rare), Bhutan Glory (rare and threatened), Brown Gorgon (rare), Confusing Threering (lesser-known species), Yellow Owl (rare) and Manipur Jungle Queen (rare).
The four-day meet was organized by the Butterflies of Northeastern India Group in collaboration with Ngunu Ziro in the Ziro area of Lower Subansiri district, Arunachal Pradesh. The objective of this meet was to provide a platform for butterfly enthusiasts and wildlife professionals to discuss, interact and exchange knowledge and ideas on butterfly diversity, range distribution and conservation. It was also aimed at exploring lesser-known protected areas with rich butterfly diversity and document the butterflies of that area.
Source: Roopak Goswami