Banded Tit, new butterfly species discovered in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh

It seems India’s rich biodiversity is even richer than previously thought as researchers have discovered a new tiny butterfly species in the forest of Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr Yogesh, State Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife and Biodiversity) in Itanagar said that the newly discovered species has been named as Banded Tit. He further added that the discovery points at the rich biodiversity of the state.

The Banded Tit is a denizen of low-lying evergreen forests of Changlang and has an interesting life cycle. Scientists say that not much is known about the species as of now, but they do know that as an adult butterfly, it lives for around two weeks in March every year. While it is presumed that it spends the rest of the year in a dormant state in larval or pupal stages. These butterflies primarily feed on bird droppings.

Dr. Yogesh said that its biology is still a mystery and there are lot of things yet to be known including larval host plants, breeding behavior and precise habitat requirements.

Dr Krushnamegh Kunte, a research scientist and faculty member at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, recently published a research paper describing the Banded Tit.

Arunachal Pradesh has a very rich biodiversity and last butterfly species named Bright-eyed Argus (Callerebia Dibangensis) was discovered few years ago. Moreover, the discovery of a butterfly species has raised the specter of doubt that many more species might be living in the forests of Arunachal Pradesh that haven’t been discovered by the scientists yet.

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  • Raj Purohit

    Aye Everyone…. Say Hi to the New Bird on the Block…… Meet Dr.Bandit…..

    • Raj Purohit

      Does everyone else sees the Man in the middle of the wings with a Head-Dress ?…..

      • Raghu

        Interesting. Is that why YOU named it Bandit?