Striped Hairstreak and Elusive Prince 

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Two more species added to India’s list of butterflies. Lepidopterists have discovered the Striped Hairstreak and Elusive Prince in Arunachal Pradesh. 

  • The Striped Hairstreak (Yamamotozephyrus kwangtugenesis) was located in Vijaynagar bordering Myanmar. It was first recorded by Japanese entomologists in Hainan province of China. 
  • The Elusive Prince (Rohana tonkiniana) was found in Miao on the periphery of the Namdapha National Park. It has a Vietnamese connection and was thought to be the more familiar Black Prince found in the Eastern Himalayas. 
  • India now has 1,327 species of butterflies, up from 1,318 in 2015. 
  • The recording of the two butterflies follows the “rediscovery” of the Assam Keelback, a non-venomous snake from the Gelling area of Arunachal Pradesh after 129 years. 
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