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Neptis philyra

10th April, 2024 Environment

Neptis philyra

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  • A rare butterfly species named Neptis philyra, commonly known as long-streak sailor, has been discovered for the first time in India in Tale Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh.

Why is it important?

  • Till date, the butterfly species was known to be found across various regions of east asia, including Siberia, Korea, Japan, Central and South East Asia.

Neptis philyra:

  • It is a rare species of butterfly, commonly known as the long-streak sailor.
  • Till date, the butterfly species was known to be found across various regions of east Asia, including eastern Siberia, Korea, Japan, central and southwest China.
  • The butterfly has serrated wings with rich brownish-black on the upper side and yellow-brown on the underside.
  • The butterfly’s distinct markings include a white cell streak forming a “hockey stick” pattern on the forewing.
  • The species, which is part of the Nymphalidae family, is known to prefer habitats such as evergreen forests, riverine vegetation, and rocky streams.

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Talley Valley Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Arunachal Pradesh as a whole contains 40% of the floral and faunal species in India. The Ziro valley has a good share of this biodiversity. 30 kilometres from the town of Ziro is the sanctuary.

At the altitude of 2400 metres, Talley is a plateau with dense forest of silver fir trees, pine clad plateau of beautiful grandeur, and a vast wasteland. The area has some of the most important endangered species including the clouded leopard.

Rivers like Pange, Sipu, Karing, and Subansiri flow through this sanctuary.




Q. Which of the following best describes the term “Neptis philyra” recently seen in the news?

  1. It is a rare species of butterfly recently discovered in India.
  2. It is a species of frog discovered in Western Ghats.
  3. It is a marine species recently discovered in the Andaman Sea.
  4. None of the above

Answer: A