Pocket guide to butterflies of Sikkim released

Wednesday, Jul 28, 2021 12:00 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Jul 28, 2021 06:27 [IST]

Pocket guide to butterflies of Sikkim released

ISABELLA GURUNG

GANGTOK, : ‘The Butterflies of Sikkim’, a pocket guide to the butterflies of Sikkim by butterfly enthusiasts Nosang M. Limboo, Sonam P. Sherpa and Sonam W. Lepcha was released by Soreng-Chakung MLA Aditya Golay at his chamber at Sikkim Legislative Assembly here today.
The pocket guide is an initiative of SKM students’ wing and aims to fulfil the need of a souvenir to be taken away from Sikkim by tourists. It has been jointly published by the Thamlyok Pulati Charphemba Famlyap (TPCF) Butterfly Enthusiasts of Sikkim with photographs contributed by butterfly enthusiasts from all over Sikkim and compiled by the trio.
MLA Aditya Golay, on behalf of the SKM students’ wing congratulated the entire team for bringing out the pocket guide which will be beneficial for students, amateur butterfly enthusiasts and tourists.
“Sikkim is home to 720 species of butterflies, so the pocket guide aims at generating awareness on a larger scale. This pocket guide will be beneficial for those interested in butterflies and to encourage more people, especially the Sikkimese youth to study and document butterflies found in Sikkim. The pocket guide will be further sent to schools, when they reopen. The schools are presently shut down due to the prevailing Covid pandemic,” said Aditya.
The MLA urged interested students and enthusiasts from other various fields to come up with similar pocket guides in future.
Nosang, who is also the SKM students’ wing joint secretary, said the pocket guide is a collection of 100 butterflies from Sikkim for quick reference in the field. He thanked the SKM students’ wing for the support and urged the public to support and appreciate the initiative.
Sonam Wangchuk informed that the research and documentation process had begun in 2014 and it took three months to compile the entire book.
The book release event was also attended by SKM students’ wing president Sonam Chopel Sherpa, students’ wing north-east in-charge Tirtha Sharma, Chief Minister’s additional political secretary Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha and SKM CEC vice president Bhim Kumari Sharma.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi