Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol. 19 Issue 03, 2013; Page No.(913-917)

DIVERSITY OF BUTTERFLIES IN GIR WILDLIFE SANCTUARY, SASAN, GUJARAT, INDIA

Meeta Sharma and Noopur Sharma

Abstract

Butterflies are the most beautiful creatures on this earth and have a great aesthetic value. About 1500 species of butterflies are found in India. The present study was conducted in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Sasan, Gujarat to determine the diverse population of butterflies in the forest wildlife. An extensive entomological survey for a period of two years at an interval of three months in the forest area of Gir was undertaken. A total of fifty butterfly species were recorded. Among these the most dominant family was Nymphalidae followed by Pieridae, Lycaenidae and Papilionidae. Most commonly observed species was Danais chrysippus. Highest population was observed during monsoon season.

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