Butterfly diversity of Uplanv nature camp, Kalaburagi district, Karnataka
Kavya K. Saraf
Butterflies are the most attractive than most other insects. They have been referred to as ‘Flagship’ and ‘honorary birds’. They are valuable pollinators, important food chain components of birds, reptiles, spiders, and predatory insects; they are also the good indicators of environmental quality. Biological diversity is the base for upholding the ecosystems and the functional aspects of the species that provide goods and services for human well-being (Wilson, 1997). In this paper an attempt is made to document the diversity of butterflies in Uplanv Nature Camp of Kalaburagi, Karnataka. A total of 61 species of butterflies belonging to 5 families were recorded during the study period. Among the 5 families Nymphalidae dominated the list with 24 species, followed by Pieridae with 19 species, Lycaenidae with 9 species and Papilionidae with 7 species and Hesperidae only with 2 species.