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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2019-20 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

The Worldwide turbulence of COVID-19 pandemic situation has posed a Himalayan challenge this year in our proposed goal meeting prospects. Due to prolonged pandemic threat and country wide total lockdown as well as the intimation of Wikimedia Foundation regarding offline wiki activities; our field work schedule has been thoroughly paralyzed since April 2020. Inspite of such dreadful scenario, we are satisfied with our performance resulting in pretty good number of species collection in North East India and West Bengal butterfly hotspots.

  • Co organizing a national level butterfly meet, Namdapha Butterfly Meet 2020 at Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh, presenting and compassing WLB project and Wikimedia Movement thereon; maintaining broad spectrum of outreach by creating good number of new wiki contributor from North East India and West Bengal.
Outreach graph
  • Co-hosting and celebrating September 2020 as Big Butterfly Month with more than 25 organizations from all over the country.
  • In the matter of outreach programmes and creating new wiki contributors, a specially mentionable thing is that we have brought a good number of female wiki contributors[1] under the purview of the project of this year and thus inspiring more female representation in Wikimedia movement.
  • Of the 8 provinces of North East India, we have covered in WLB NEI Part II 22 districts of 5 Provinces or States.


Please report on your original project targets. Please be sure to review and provide metrics required for Rapid Grants.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Edit-a-thon Not done
Photowalk locally Not done
Articles created or improved Done significant articulation done due to proper task allocation, detailed and minute field study and dedicated efforts of all team members.
Photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons Done significant contribution due to high enthusiasm, very effective outreach approach

Global Metrics and Other Metrics[edit]

Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Uploading 500 images to Wikimedia Commons
  • 592 images are captured from North-East india
  • Total number of Images uploaded are 1860
  • Number of new images/media added to Wikimedia article pages are 831(44.70%)
  • 134 valued images[2]
  • 183 quality images[3]
  • List of Butterflies of Arunachal Pradesh, India (Total Species Number 174)[4]
  • List of Butterflies of Assam, India (Total Species Number 124)[5]
  • List of Butterflies of Sikkim, India (Total Species Number 91)[6]
  • List of Butterflies of West Bengal, India (Total Species Number 256)[7]
significant contribution due to high enthusiasm, vastly extensive area coverage and painstaking labor of the field-workers and successfully done outreach program.
Over 100 articles to be created and developed 45 articles are created and updated
  • Total number of articles are 221 (BnWP)
  • Total number of articles are 4 (EnWP)
  • No. of Good Article is 1[8]
  • List of Articles of butterflies found in Arunachal Pradesh (in Bengali Language)[9]
  • List of Articles of butterflies found in Assam (in Bengali Language)[10]
  • List of Articles of butterflies found in Meghalaya (in Bengali Language)[11]
  • List of Articles of butterflies found in Sikkim (in Bengali Language)[12]
  • List of Articles of butterflies found in West Bengal (in Bengali Language)[13]
Covid-19 affectedness and victimization downgraded members mentally and physically.

Comparison between WLB Part-I, WLB Part-II, WLB-NEI and WLB-NEI-II (Total number of images)

List of Butterfly distribution family-wise and state-wise

State Name Papilionidae Pieridae Nymphalidae Lycaenidae Riodinidae Hesperiidae Total
Arunachal Pradesh 17 13 76 36 4 28 174
Assam 10 7 38 42 2 25 124
Meghalaya 0 3 3 0 0 0 6
Sikkim 6 4 43 11 3 22 91
Tripura 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
West Bengal 29 25 94 66 6 36 256
Total No of Species, captured in WLB project till October, 2020


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?

Task Allocation : Nice and orientated task allocation among the team members has made it possible to look after different segments and sectors of WLB Project work maintaining a fine balance in photo uploading, article creation, creating Wikidata items, technical settings, multilingual approach, outreach prospect, finance handling and so on. Outreach: The broad spectrum of outreach has been nicely and successfully worked out in this phase (WLB-NEI-II) by way of inclusion of new wiki editors, coordination with new special interest groups, butterfly experts and resources persons, students and above all inviting and sharing other with and about the great motto of Wikimedia movement.

WLB Stall at Namdhapa Butterfly Meet 2020

Our co-organizing the Namdapha Butterfly Meet 2020[14] at Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh with participants and resource persons all over India and our presentation before them about WLB project and pros & cons of Wikimedia Movement have significantly served the outreach prospect. The new addition was that we borrowed a stall there and distributed leaflets about how to upload photos in Wikimedia commons.

India has celebrated September 2020 as Big Butterfly Month[15] with more than 25 organizations from across the nation covering 22 states and 2 Union Territories. As a co-organizer of the Big Butterfly Month event, Wiki Loves Butterfly organized one webinar during the month of September. One hundred sixty (160) participants all over the country registered for the talk. The session was also broadcast live over the WLB Facebook page. It was a grand success as participants were satisfied with the content and showed interest toward WLB and Wikimedia Commons. Wiki Loves Butterfly again organized one webinar with Act for Butterflies[16] in the month of October. Our WLB Team member Sandex Vergas from Kerala has presented a webinar regarding Butterfly Gardening and Wikimedia Movement in Malayalam language which has given the project a nice multilingual aspect having been heard all over the country.

Photographic Team Work : Existing Quality photographers and new wiki contributors coming through extensive outreach programmes have worked well hand in hand covering diverse territories like mountain region, hilly terrain, forests, plains etc. Before the Lockdown in India (prior April), the total photographic team had been divided into small teams comprising experienced photographers and new photographers to work out at different places in different seasonal diversities to ensure detailed coverage and on field studies. New contributing photographers are always guided, mentored, trained by experienced ones in each team to ensure better outcome and solid team work. During lockdown we encourage the team members to take the photographs from their backyard of the house. By this process we are successfully able to collect different types of species from different places.

Area covered in WLB project till October, 2020
  • What did not work so well?

This time we had a lack in the article creation section as the severe COVID pandemic strongly affected us physically and psychologically with some of our members and their family members being coronavirus affected along with the death of three family members experienced by one of us. Still some articles they did create against all odds. Moreover, some new articles in English and Bengali were created and many of the existing articles were upgraded.

  • What would you do differently next time?

As proposed in last part, we have done a good bit of work in our new segments of butterfly Larva Host Plants and Nectar Plants this year against all odds. Next time we shall enrich and develop those to sections tp larger extent as well as the inclusion of newer experts in the said fields in the terms outreach programme.

Proposal of Photo walk and Edit-a-thon could not be materialized naturally for Covid pandemic situation and country wide very prolonged lockdown. Yet to mention that our team members have done well in providing brief description of butterflies in their own Indic language along with English. Next time we shall try our level best to materialized these sections.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

Sl no. Item description Total INR Total USD Receipts
1 Train Fare (SL Class) Up and Down/Flight Fare 20736 278.66 YesY
2 Local Transportation (By Car, Auto, Bus) 29699 399.11 YesY
3 Permission for Entering the Reserve Forest and Guide Charges/Butterfly Meet 17998 241.87 YesY
4 Food and Accommodation 11832 159.01 YesY
5 Miscellaneous (Post card printing, promotional materials) 2448 32.90 YesY
Total 82713 1110.99 -

1 INR → 0.013 USD

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds?

Yes, we have some amount of grant funds remaining which amounts to INR 54,548 (733.62 USD).

We would like to use the remaining fund in the next phase of our Wiki Loves Butterfly North East India Part III (WLB-NEI-III) project.

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of 54,548 INR were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/WBG/Annual Plan 2021-22.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

As we have got satisfactory results in the last 4 years of the WLB project, therefore we eagerly wish to continue this project. North East India remains an untouched vast area with almost little previous butterfly documentation done thereon. Hence, we have a great bent for documenting this vast zone in our detailed documentation style. We are also concentrating on outreach programmes in the North East Area more of the students and researchers, as we have done already. In our next phase, WLB turns 5 so we wish to attempt to cover and document the remaining States/Provinces of North East India at larger scales and we decided to submit the Project Grant Application during the month of January-February for Wiki Loves Butterfly North East India Part-III after submitting the report.