Butterfly abundance is determined by food availability of Jayantikunj, Rewa Madhya Pradesh
Pinky Suryawanshi, Sandeep Shaky
The study was carried out different species of butterflies of the order Lepidoptera were collected from different localities of Jayantikunj, Rewa during months of October and November, 2017. A total of 1092 individuals of 59 species belonging to six families – Hesperiidae, Papilionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae, Lycaenidae and Riodinidae - were recorded in the survey. The relative abundance was highest for Nymphalidae (26 species, 44.1%) and lowest for Riodinidae (1 species, 1.7%). Nymphalidae was found to be the dominating family in study area with maximum individuals (465) and species (26) registered under this family. Food availability could be the factor that is limiting the increase of specialist butterflies at the same rate as the generalist butterfly species.