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Studies on the biodiversity of some families of butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) at Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Kiran Kumari* & Anand Kumar Thakur
University Department of Zoology, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Received : 16th November, 2021 ; Revised : 17th December, 2021

Abstract– Present study was an attempt to investigate the biodiversity of the butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) at Kanke, Ranchi, Jharkhand in the year 2019 to 2021. The seasonal collections were made at the interval of 15 days. The objective of this work was to understand the status of species richness and diversity of the butterflies, mainly during the COVID-19 lockdown. Total 702 individuals of butterflies belonging to 21 species under the three families Nymphalidae, Pieridae and Papillionidae with their host plants were reported. Nymphalidae was the most dominant family. The diversity was calculated using Shannon Weiner Index (H). The calculated values of Shannon Weiner diversity index (H) was found to be highest (3.012) during the year 2021. These values indicate that the area of study contains good butterfly diversity and it might play a role in the biodiversity conservation.

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