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Inventory report of the butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) of family Nymphalidae, Pieridae and Papilionidae at the Kanke, Ranchi

Kiran Kumari*, Priti Kumari Oraon, Kanika Kumari, Anita Kumari, Shushmita Banra & Anand Kumar Thakur
University Department of Zoology, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received : 20th June, 2021 ; Revised : 28th July, 2021

Abstract– Butterflies are the most attractive arthropods due to their beautiful and diverse colours. They have a great economic importance due to their ability to act as a pest on many of the economically important plants and they play a role as pollinators as well. Present study was an attempt to investigate the biodiversity of the butterflies at Kanke, Ranchi in the year 2019 (Jan- Dec). The collection time for the samples was 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in the interval of 15 days. Total 153 individuals of butterflies belonging to 21 species under the three families Nymphalidae, Pieridae and Papilionidae with their host plants reported. Nymphalidae was the most dominant family with 13 species among three and Pieridae and Papilionidae with four species each.

Key words: Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera, Nymphalidae, Pieridae, Papillionidae, Kanke, Ranchi

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