Archive for April, 2012

Endangered Species of Butterflies in Numaligarh, Assam

It is common knowledge that if you nurture the plants on which butterflies thrive, their numbers will increase. And that’s exactly what the authorities in Butterfly Valley in Assam’s Golaghat district are doing. Butterfly Valley covers about 30 acres, and is near Numaligarh. The green Deopahar hills in the area provide a good breeding for the butterflies. The Kaliani river flows through it too.

Out of the 75 species of butterflies, there are endangered species, too. The valley is also home to more than 60,000 plants, endemic to the Northeast. The Butterfly Valley was set up by the refinery nearby, assessing the role played by butterflies in the pollination of plants, maintenance of the food chain and food web and overall sustenance of the ecosystem.

Within the Valley itself, there’s a herbal medicinal garden ‘Smritibon’ with more than 5,000 plant. The Valley is close to the world-famous Kaziranga National Park.