GURUGRAM: The primary all-India survey of its sort to map butterfly inhabitants and variety has recorded 60 totally different butterfly species in Haryana which are discovered, primarily, at six places. Amongst these, predictably, is Mangarbani, the Aravali grove in Faridabad. Aravali Biodiversity Park in Gurugram is among the many butterfly-rich websites as effectively.
The survey, carried out by the Bombay Pure Historical past Society (BNHS) final September, recorded 1,196 butterflies in Haryana. The findings have been declared on Wednesday.

60 butterfly species thrive at 6 sites in Haryana, two of them in Gurgaon, finds survey

In response to BNHS researchers, butterflies are key biodiversity indicators as they’re delicate to adjustments within the atmosphere, which is why the survey was essential. Assam has probably the most recorded species (315), adopted by West Bengal (238), Kerala (208), Uttarakhand (198), Karnataka (176), Maharashtra (162), Arunachal Pradesh (138), Chhattisgarh (137) and Tamil Nadu (125). Delhi recorded 80 species. Greater than 550 butterfly species with a complete inhabitants of over 38,000 have been noticed throughout the nation.
Gurugram has two of the six butterfly hotspots within the state — the opposite being Leisure Valley Park. Faridabad has two extra in addition to Mangar — Rose Backyard and Mini Forest. The opposite is within the north, at Kaleshwar Nationwide Park in Yamunanagar. Uncommon species present in Haryana are the frequent albatross and striped blue crow. The plain tiger, frequent silverline, lemon pansy, tawny coster and customary lime are among the many mostly noticed.
“The examine additionally indicated that habitat options affect the presence of butterflies and bugs. Wild and pure inexperienced areas are conducive to butterfly range. If there are various butterflies in an space, it signifies that the soil is chemical-free and air air pollution is much less. Butterflies have a direct relation to vegetation — if extra species are present in an space, it has extra range in flora as effectively,” mentioned Sohil Madan, a BNHS member.
Round 1,000 contributors participated within the survey and submitted over 20,000 photographs. “The chocolate pansy, frequent mormon, frequent grass yellow, nice eggfly and customary crow have been probably the most frequently-encountered butterflies,” Madan mentioned, including the purpose of the Large Butterfly Month survey final yr was to sensitise folks and convey communities collectively to protect habitats for butterflies, that are very important parts of the ecosystem, and construct new habitats.
“Butterflies act as indicators of the well being of an ecosystem as they want a really particular atmosphere to develop. They want optimum humidity and temperature. If there’s a variation in any of those elements, an grownup butterfly gained’t emerge from the pupa,” mentioned Surya Prakash, a zoologist previously with Jawaharlal Nehru College.
This yr, Large Butterfly Month might be noticed throughout the nation from September 4. BNHS will kind groups of contributors to create butterfly habitats. “We are going to embody Hisar, Gurugram, Fatehabad and Sonipat within the survey this time. Our groups will assist folks create habitats in societies, condominiums and RWAs. We may even present certificates to the contributors and put together a database of the habitats in order that we are able to monitor the ecosystem by finding out butterflies,” mentioned Madan.
Requested about state initiatives to preserve butterflies, the forest division mentioned a butterfly park has been developed in Sultanpur Nationwide Park. “On the butterfly park, we plant particular vegetation that entice butterflies for breeding. We additionally inform folks about these plant species in order that they are often planted in housing societies to extend butterfly inhabitants density,” mentioned ML Mallik, chief conservator of forest (wildlife), south Haryana.

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