●Two New Species of Butterfly found in Arunachal Pradesh
•Recently, the lepidopterists have discovered the two new species of butterfly in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh
1. Striped Hairstreak
•Scientific Name: Yamamotozephyrus kwangtugenesis
•It is found in Vijaynagar village of Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Myanmar.
•It was first recorded in Hainan province of China.[It is also found in North America, from the Rocky Mountains]
2. Elusive Prince
•Scientific Name: Rohana tonkiniana
• It is found in Miao subdivision situated on the periphery of the Namdapha National Park.
•In India only a male specimen of the Elusive Prince was found.
[Namdapha National Park :It lies at the international border between India and Myanmar within Changlang District in the state of Arunachal Pradesh]
•These discoveries from Arunachal Pradesh indicate the rich biodiversity of the State.
•The government thus needs to focus on helping volunteers or citizen scientists by providing the support needed. This will help in boosting eco-tourism apart from regular scientific research.
•Butterflies are insects from the order Lepidoptera of phylum Arthropoda which also includes moths.
•Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight.
•Abundance of butterflies in any area represents the rich biodiversity.
•The butterfly acts as an indicator species.
•An indicator species provides information on the overall condition of the ecosystem and of other species in that ecosystem. •They reflect the quality and changes in environmental conditions as well as aspects of community composition.