BUTTERFLIES IN THE STATE OF CLOUDS – MEGHALAYA
(VOLUME 1, ISSUE 4) ISSN 2455 – 2135
All photographs by – Atanu Bora
Atanu Bora is a post graduate in Life Sciences, currently pursuing his MPhil from Assam University. He is a budding naturalists and butterfly enthusiasts working on the butterflies of the Meghalaya region for the last couple of years. His hobbies are singing, travelling and photography and his area of interest is butterfly photography and scientific research.
All text and photographs by Atanu Bora.
Meghalaya, situated in the north eastern region of India is a narrow stretch of land, running between Bangladesh on the South and West and Assam on the North and East. The state lies between 24° 58’ N to 26° 07’N latitudes and 89° 48’E to 92° 51’ E longitudes. The State has most of its land covered by hills interspersed with gorges and small valleys. Endowed with dense forests and rivers cascading down undulating terrain, this region is one of the most scenic of the North Eastern States and is listed under the World Heritage Sites.
The state is not only famous for its mesmerising scenic beauty as a hill station but also for its uniqueness. From the wettest place on earth – Sohra (Cherrapunji) and Mawsynram, the cleanest village in Asia – Mawlynnong, the Double Decker Living Root Bridge of Nongriat – possibly unique on the planet earth, the second biggest church in Asia – Cathedral Church of Merry Help of Christians to a number of famous and beautiful waterfalls, this place holds attraction of the tourist and nature enthusiasts from the ancient times.
Meghalaya is also famous for its “sacred groves” – small pockets of ancient forest that have been preserved by the communities for hundreds of years due to religious and cultural beliefs. These sacred groves harbour many rare plant and animal species including the endemic insect eating pitcher plant Nepenthes khasiana.
Blessed in these diverse climatic and topographic conditions, are some butterflies that can be considered among the most spectacular butterflies of the world and most of them are now protected under various schedules of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 (WPA).
From the rapidly flying Skippers to the large, spectacular Swallowtails, white and yellow Pierids, blue Lycaenids to the brush footed Nymphalids, this place is truly a paradise for butterfly lovers and enthusiasts. So, whenever you visit this corner of North-East India in March-April or September-November season, do spend at least one of your days in Butterflying.
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