SUBJECT :As many as 176 butterfly species were recorded during the four-day Namdapha Butterfly Meet (NBM) , which concluded at Miao in Changlang district recently. 

By: Sentinel Digital Desk

Itanagar, March 12, 2020: As many as 176 butterfly species were recorded during the four-day Namdapha Butterfly Meet (NBM) , which concluded at Miao in Changlang district recently.

The butterflies were recorded in the areas around Namdapha National Park (NNP).

The meet, sponsored by the Tourism department, was organized by the Society for Education and Environmental Development (SEED), in collaboration with the Namdapha National Park and the Miao Explorers, with support from Dapha Valley Tours and Travels.

Visitors, including prominent butterfly experts, from Assam, West Bengal, Up, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh took part in the meet, a press release informed here on Wednesday.

Various events were conducted during the four-day meet. An attempt to paint the most number of butterfly painting on stones was made by schoolchildren on the secong day of the events. Altogether 150 students from different schools here painted 3184 butterflies on stone within an hour and a half.

The third day featured a ‘cyclothon conservation ride’ from Miao to the NPP and back by a team of cycling enthusiasts from the Itanagar Riders Club. The organizers later distributed prizes to the cyclist.

On the final day of the meet, a tour to New Yumchum tourism village was organized, allowing the participants to experience the village’s culture and its residents’ efforts to promote ecotourism.

INature Foundation’s chairman, Isaac Kehimkar, who is popularly known as the Butterfly Man of India, was the resources person. Kehimkar is an avid naturalist and the author of The Book of India Butterflies.

Expressing joy over the thriving butterfly population in the state, Kehimkar said Arunachal should be named “the butterfly capital of the India” because of the abundant and diverse species of butterflies it houses.

He appealed to the people to makr every effort to conserve the butterflies, stating that their survival is very important for nature.

SEED deputy director Minom Pertin, who is also a butterfly enthusiast and an avid photographer, informed that the annual meet is organized to “attract people towards through butterfly as a medium.”

“This meet is being held annually since 2018, and with each year we are witnessing more participants. The active participation of the local youths and community members has taken this edition to a new level,” he said.

Cultural program were also presented during the meet, showcasing the state’s rich tribal culture and tradition, the release added.