DISTRIBUTION RECORDS AND ECOLOGY OF BUTTERFLIES ATHYMA CAMA AND TAGIADES

NOTES ON RECENT DISTRIBUTION RECORDS AND ECOLOGY OF BUTTERFLIES ATHYMA CAMA MOORE (1858) AND TAGIADES MENAKA (MOORE, 1866) FROM EASTERN KUMAON DIVISION, UTTARAKHAND, INDIA

Manoj Kumar Arya and Aman Verma
Insect Biodiversity Laboratory, Department of Zoology,
D.S.B. Campus, Kumaun University,
Nainital, 263002, Uttarakhand, India
[Corresponding author Email*: dr.manojkumar19@rediffmail.com]

Received: 21-12-2018                                                                                                                    Accepted: 24-04-2019
Recent distributional records of the two little known species of butterflies from Kumaon Himalayan Region of the state Uttarakhand is outlined in the present study with special emphasis on their ecology and conservation. The study confirms the presence of Athyma cama Moore (1858) which belongs to family Nymphalidae while Tagiades menaka (Moore, 1866) belonging to family Hesperiidae was re-discovered after a long century from the eastern Kumaon Division. Both species were recorded as uncommon during August, 2016 to July, 2017 from the remote village of Pancheshwar in district Champawat located at the edge of international boundary of India with north-western Nepal. The present findings indicate that the region holds immense potential for the existence of rich butterfly diversity that should be managed and conserved in order to reduce the adverse impact of ongoing developmental project of dam construction in the study area.
Key words: Behaviour, Conservation, Champawat, Host plants, Sal forest

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