Q. With reference to Kaiser-i-Hind, consider the following statements:
1. The species is endemic to North Eastern States of India.
2. It is listed as vulnerable in the IUCN red list of species.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: D

Both statements are incorrect. 

  • Kaiser-i-Hind (Teinopalpus imperialis) literally means Emperor of India.  
  • Habitat: The Butterfly is found in Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and southern China. 
  • In India, it is found in six states along the eastern Himalayas at elevations from 6,000-10,000 feet in well-wooded terrain. 
  • Vegetation: It flies high in the canopy of broad-leaved temperate evergreen forests. 
  • Indicator Species: The presence of this butterfly indicates the existence of a good forest ecosystem. 

Protection Status 

  • IUCN Status: Near Threatened 
  • CITES: Appendix II 
  • Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972: Schedule II.