1. ASSESMENT OF BUTTERFLY (LEPIDOPTERA - PAPILIONOIDEA) DIVERSITY OF MANAK SIDH AND SURROUNDING AREA, DEHRADUN, UTTARAKHAND, INDIA by NEHA NEGI 1 AND NARENDER SHARMA2
This study was conducted on the butterfly fauna of Manak Sidh area of Dehradun, Uttrakhand, India. In this present study, a total of 46 butterfly species under 36 genera were recorded from the area for the first time, which belong to five families i.e., Nymphalidae, Pieridae, Papilionidae, Lycaenidae and Hesperiidae. The most diverse family in the study area was Nymphalidae having 28 species (61%), followed by Lycaenidae 8 species (17%), Pieridae 6 species (13%), Papilionidae 3 species (7%) and Hesperiidae 1 species (2%). A total of 20 nectar plant species were observed during the study on which most of the butterflies were feeding. The most plant preferred nectar resources were Lantana camara and Mangifera indica on which almost 16 butterfly species were observed feeding.