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Preliminary Report on the Butterfly Diversity of Muttom Panchayath, Idukki District, Kerala, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1PG and Research Department of Zoology, Sir Theagaraya College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 2PG and Research Department of Zoology, Sir Theagaraya College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 5, Issue (6), Pages 23-30, June,10 (2016)


Butterflies are the best introduction to the amazing world of insects. A study to find out the relative abundance of butterflies in Muttom Panchayath, Idukki District, Kerala was carried out through bi-weekly sampling method over a period of six months from July 2015 to December 2015. A total of 52 species belonging to five families including Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae, Lycaenidae and Hesperidae were recorded. Out of these, members of Nymphalidae were dominant with (24 species) followed by Papilionidae (12 species), Pieridae (08 species), Lycaenidae (03 species) and Hesperidae (05 species) were recorded. Most common species were Common Crow (Euploea core), Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace), Dark Blue Tiger (Tirumala septentrionis), Common Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe) and Common Five Ring (Ypthima baldus). Out of 52 species, four species namely Southern Birdwing (Troides minos), Malabar Rose (Atrophaneura pandiyana), Malabar Raven (Papilio dravidarum), Malabar Banded Peacock (Papillio budha) are endemic species from this area. This study was done to emphasize the importance of butterflies and the need for their conservation.


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