Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
Faunal diversity of insects in the foothills of Velliangiri hills (Part of Western Ghats), Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu
Author(s): Amritha N, Dr. K Revathi, Dr. S Prabakaran
Abstract: Over a million different kinds of insects have so far been described and named, and many more certainly remain to be discovered. The insects are air breathing terrestrial arthropods which are mainly characterized by three pairs of legs; body divisible in to three parts, head, thorax and abdomen. Accurate identification of a pest or disease vector is of ultimate importance because the scientific name of an organism is significant to all known information about its morphology, its behavior and life history and its damage to human welfare. The aim of the present study was to study the diversity of insects in the foot hills of Velliangiri, Coimbatore, Part of Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu. The collection methods adapted in three ecosystems were more or less similar. The collecting techniques includes, hand picking, sweeping net, beating tray, light trap, aspirators, pitfall trap and bait traps. The insects were collected from morning 8.00 AM to 1.00 PM using other than light trap. Insects collected alive were killed and processed before mounting. A total of 96 species of insects from 77 genera and 39 families were collected from the foot hills of Velliangiri, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu. Collected specimens were identified and deposited in Southern Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Chennai.