Arunachals State Butterfly – Kaiser-i-Hind

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16 November 2021 Current Affairs:On November 13, 2021, the State Cabinet of Arunachal Pradesh, led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, designated “Kaiser-i-Hind” as the state butterfly.

Highlights:
♦ The Kaiser-i-Hind’ butterfly is a huge and colourful butterfly. It’s an elusive swallowtail butterfly that goes by the name of ‘India.’
♦ It is native to China, and it has since been designated as Arunachal Pradesh’s state butterfly.
♦ For the first time, the government held a Cabinet meeting outside of Itanagar. Pakke Tiger Reserve hosted the event.
♦ During the meeting, the cabinet also approved the ‘Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 declaration on climate change-resilient and responsive Arunachal Pradesh’, which aims to reduce emissions and promote long-term development.
♦ The application by Koj Rinya, the divisional forest officer of Hapoli Forest Division in Lower Subansiri district, was accepted by the State Wildlife Board in January 2020.
♦ The idea was made with the goal of increasing butterfly tourism and saving the species from extinction in the state.
♦ Butterfly enthusiasts frequent the Hapoli Forest Division’s protected areas. Schedule II of the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972 protects the Kaiser-i-Hind. 
♦ Regardless, they are pursued for the supply of butterflies to butterfly collectors.
♦ The Kaiser-i-Hind has been red-listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Kaiser-i-Hind
♦ Teinopalpus imperialis is the scientific name for Kaiser-i-Hind. It literally translates to “Indian Emperor.” The butterfly’s wingspan ranges from 90 to 120 mm.
♦ It can be found in six states in the Eastern Himalayas at heights ranging from 6,000 to 10,000 feet in densely forested terrain. 
♦ Bhutan, Nepal, Laos, Myanmar, southern China, and Vietnam also have them.
 

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