Nobel’s Helen Butterfly

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    • Recently, Arunachal Pradesh yielded India’s newest butterfly.

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    • Myanmar, China to India: 
      • A swallowtail butterfly disappearing from its previously known ranges from Myanmar and southern China to Vietnam has been recorded for the first time in India. 
      • It is found from three locations in the Namdapha National Park of Arunachal Pradesh between September 2019 and September 2021. 
    • Scientific name: It is an extremely rare  Noble’s Helen (Papilio noblei) butterfly.
    • Characteristic: It is closest to the Papilio antonio from the Philippines and characterised by a much larger dorsal white spot, was once common in the montane forest at moderate elevations in northern Thailand. 
    • Significance of butterfly: 
      • Butterflies are considered vital indicators representing the state of biodiversity and key ecosystem functions. 

    Image Courtesy: TH

    Source: TH