Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly- Relevance for UPSC Exam
- GS Paper 3: Environment– Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation.
Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly- Context
- Recently, the State Cabinet headed by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh approved Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly as the State butterfly.
Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly- Key Points
- About: Kaiser-i-Hind literally means Emperor of India. Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly butterfly have a 90-120 mm wingspan.
- With its shimmering greens, bright yellows and delicate blacks, this rare butterfly is a visual delight.
- Scientific name: Scientific name of the Kaiser-i-Hind butterfly is ‘Teinopalpus imperialis’.
- In India: Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly is found in six states along the eastern Himalayas at elevations from 6,000-10,000 feet in well-wooded terrain.
- World: Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly also flutters in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and southern China.
- Threats to Survival: Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly is hunted for supply to butterfly collectors.
- In Arunachal Pradesh, Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly is confined to very few pockets and could become extinct if not conserved.
- Legal Protection: the Kaiser-i-Hind is protected under Schedule II of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly- Significance of making the State Butterfly
- Promote Eco-tourism: It will help in boosting butterfly tourism in Arunachal Pradesh and hence resulting in more employment for the local people.
- Conservation of the Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly: State butterfly tag can translate into its habitat conservation and help Kaiser-i-Hind Butterfly species from extinction.
- The Cabinet also adopted the Pakke Tiger Reserve 2047 declaration on climate change-resilient and responsive Arunachal Pradesh aimed at lowering emissions and sustainable development.
- Pakke Tiger Reserve: Pakke Tiger Reserve is located in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh and is also known as Pakhui Tiger Reserve.
- Pakke Tiger Reserve is known for amazing sightings of four species of famous Hornbill birds.