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A Preliminary Study of Butterfly Diversity in Hilly Terrains of Ghatsila, Jharkhand, India


A survey in and around Ghatsila in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand revealed the record of 72 butterfly species belonging to 6 families and 55 genera. Nymphalidae family dominated the recorded species (37.5%) followed by Lycaenidae (30.5%), Papilionidae (12.5%), Hesperiidae (9.72%), Pieridae (8.33%) and Riodinidae (1.38%). Different diversity indices showed high diversity in community structure. This study is likely to contribute towards the conservation of butterfly fauna in the area.

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The authors sincerely acknowledge Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India, DST-FIST (SR/FST/LS-I/2018/173) and to DBT-BOOST No.118/14/BT(Estt)/1P-4/2013 for providing infrastructure support.


This investigation was self-financed.

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DP, SR, SC collected the field data and they contributed equally, PKS helped in constructing the map of the study area, SJB and AH participated in planning, designing, evaluation of the results and writing the manuscript. All authors participated in preparing the manuscript.

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Patra, D., Roy, S., Chowdhury, S. et al. A Preliminary Study of Butterfly Diversity in Hilly Terrains of Ghatsila, Jharkhand, India. Proc Zool Soc 75, 262–268 (2022).

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  • Butterfly diversity
  • Ghatsila
  • Lepidoptera
  • Jharkhand
  • Semi-urban
  • Singhbhum