Itanagar: Over 200 species of butterflies were spotted at the fourth edition of the Namdapha Butterfly Meet in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district, officials said here on Thursday.

The three-day meet was held at the Deban camp of Namdapha National Park (NNP) in the district and concluded on September 28.

Significant among the species recorded during the meet were the Saffron (Mota Massyla), Koh-i-Noor (Amathuxidia Amythaon), Yellow Veined Lancer (Pyroneura Latoia Latoia) and the Zigzag Flat (Odina Decorates).

The meet was organised by the Society for Education and Environmental Development (SEED), an NGO, in collaboration with the Tourism department, Changlang district administration, Namdapha Tiger Reserve and the Namdapha National Park (NNP) authorities.

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The aim of the event, which witnessed participants from eight different states of the country and students from different colleges and universities of Arunachal Pradesh, was to sensitise the people, especially students on the importance of conserving nature.

Besides butterfly watching, various activities like nature walks, talks on butterflies and conservation were also organised during the event.

Several butterfly experts and scholars who attended the meet also shared their valuable knowledge with the participating students.

A proper checklist through systematic study in the field was created at the end of the meet.

The event concluded with a cleanliness drive, jointly organised by the butterfly meet organising team, North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda and Folk Medicine Research, Pasighat and the NNP authority, the officials added.

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