A total of 410 species of butterfly were recorded during a survey at Namdapha National Park in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The survey was carried out by the Society for Education and Environmental Development (SEED) of Arunachal Pradesh.
Minom Pertin, the deputy director of SEED NGO said, “Our NGO has recorded 410 species of butterfly population at Namdapha National Park during our survey and three months back, we submitted our report to the forest department.”
“We have done a three-year survey at Namdapha National Park on the butterfly. We have found the rarest butterfly at Namdapha,” he said.
He said they organised the Namdapha butterfly meet at Miao recently and a large number of participants across India participated in the event.
“During the meet, we recorded 176 species of butterfly at Namdapha. We organised the third Namdapha butterfly meet in Miao,” Pertin said.
The park harbours a rich biodiversity of flora and fauna and many rare species, including brown gorgon, yellow gorgon, tailed sulphur and brimstone found at Namdapha National park.
The Namdapha National Park in Arunachal is the largest protected area that falls under the eastern Himalaya biodiversity hotspot.
“Namdapha is an excellent butterfly destination in the Northeast and those, who love the butterfly, should visit Namdapha National Park. We will urge the government to make Arunachal as the butterfly capital of India,” Pertin said.
Pertin added, “Our main focus is to make people understand the importance of butterfly. In many places, the population of butterfly has been dwindling because of deforestation and if it continues then we will lose the rare species of butterfly.”
He said they organised the butterfly meet to create awareness on butterfly conservation.
“Since 2018, we have been organising the butterfly meet, but this year we had get good participants. We appeal to the communities of Arunachal Pradesh to come forward to conserve the nature,” Pertin said.