ITANAGAR, Sept 10 - As many as 105 different species of butterfly were documented during the sixth edition of Ziro Butterfly Meet that concluded recently.
The key species recorded included the Bhutan Glory, Brown Gorgon, White Dragontail and Manipur Jungle Queen. Three species � Scarce Blue Oakleaf, Hairy Angle and Slate Awl � were recorded for the first time at Ziro.
Besides, more than 100 species of moths, including the elusive Apatani Glory, were documented during the meet, according to the event organizer Ngunu Ziro, an NGO based in Lower Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh.
Presentations on butterflies and moths were made by resource persons, including Sanjay Sondhi of Titli Trust, Dehradun, and Mohanprasanth P of Act of Butterflies, Coimbatore, to encourage knowledge sharing among the participants. Educational workshops were also arranged for the students and local participants.
On September 4, the meet was formally inaugurated by Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Chukhu Takar, who encouraged the participants to make it a knowledge-sharing platform. During the inaugural session, a book titled Butterflies of Ziro was also released by the DC.
Attending the valedictory function, Koj Rinya, Divisional Forest Officer of Tale Wildlife Sanctuary, said the proposal of Ngunu Ziro to declare Kaiser-i-Hind as the state butterfly of Arunachal Pradesh was in the process of being approved.