Vol. 3, Issue 4 (2018)
To study on lepidopterans (butterfly fauna) in the coastal tourism area (CTA) of ganjam coast, southern Odisha, India
Author(s): RK Mohanta, SK Behera
Abstract: Coastal Sand dunes vegetation of Ganjam supports a large proportion of the butterfly fauna. In a total of 36 butterfly species belongs to 31 genera and 5 families were recorded within 3km from the sea, major butterfly species have the host plants in sand dune vegetation itself. Nymphalidae showed the highest species richness comprising of 16 species (44.5%) whereas Hesperiidae and Papilionidae were the lowest 4 species (11.1% each). Most of the back dunes have scrub land which support Annona sp, Acaia sp, Cassia sp, Calotropis sp, Caesalpinia sp and Sida sp. which are also a host plants for butterfly. The nature based ecotourism and biodiversity conservation value of the whole area is highlighted.