Sikkim’s butterflies in your pocket


AARON RAI

Gangtok, 27 Jul: The Butterflies of Sikkim, a pocket guidebook by butterfly enthusiasts Nosang M.

Limboo, Sonam P. Sherpa and Sonam W. Lepcha, was released by Soreng- Chakung MLA, Aditya Golay, at his office here at Sikkim Legislative Assembly today. The guidebook, an initiative of the Sikkim

Krantikari Morcha Students Wing, is pegged as the ideal souvenir from Sikkim for tourists. It has been jointly published by the Thamlyok Putali 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 team for taking out the pocket guide, remarking that it will be beneficial for students, amateur butterfly enthusiasts and

tourists. “Sikkim is home to 720 species of butterflies and the pocket guide aims at generating

awareness on a larger scale. This book will be beneficial to those interested in butterflies and encourage more people, especially the Sikkimese youth, to study and document butterflies

found in Sikkim. The pocket guide will also be sent to schools when they reopen,” the MLA said.

He also urged students and enthusiasts from other fields to come up with similar pocket guides and assured that the SKM Students Wing will fully support such endeavours. Co-author and SKM Students wing joint secretary, Nosang M. Limboo, explained that the pocket guide is a collection documenting 100 butterflies found in Sikkim and designed as a quick reference guide in the field. He thanked SKM

Students Wing for its support and urged people to support the effort. Sonam Wangchuk Lepcha further informed that the research and documentation process had begun in 2014 after which it took three months to compile the book. The book release event was also attended by SKM Students Wing president Pema Chopel Bhutia, SKM north-east district convener Tirtha Sharma, Additional Political Secretary to CM Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha and SKM CEC vice president Bhim Kumari Sharma.