New species of butterfly called Banded Tit discovered in Arunachal Pradesh

The Banded tit is a resident of low-lying evergreen forests of Changlang and carries an interesting life cycle.

Created On: Jul 11, 2015 11:11 IST

A new species of tiny butterfly species called Banded Tit (Hypolycaena Narada) discovered in the green forests of the Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh. The discovery of Banded Tit was announced by Dr. Yogesh, State Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife and Biodiversity, in Itanagar on 10 July 2015.

The Banded tit is a resident of low-lying evergreen forests of Changlang and carries an interesting life cycle. Adult butterflies of the species live only for approximately two weeks in March every year. It spends a large part of the year in a dormant state in larval or pupal stages, which is still unknown. The species primarily feeds on bird-droppings along cool streams in the forests.

The species was recently described in a research paper by Dr Krushnamegh Kunte, a research scientist and faculty member at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru.

Bright-eyed Argus (Callerebia Dibangensis) was the last species of butterfly that was discovered in Arunachal Pradesh.

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