International Journal of Entomology Research

International Journal of Entomology Research


International Journal of Entomology Research
International Journal of Entomology Research
Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2020)

Butterfly diversity associated with seasonality at menagesha-suba state forest, Central Ethiopia


Abaynew Jemal Jenber, Emana Getu, Merkuz Abera

Butterfly diversity at Menagesha-Suba State forest was investigated by the use of sweep nets along transects to study the ecology of butterflies with a view to establish the effect of seasonality on their diversity parameters. The data were analyzed using diversity indexes. Autumn had maximum abundance with 54 species and 32.5% butterflies followed by spring with the same number of species and 27.14% of butterflies. Summer showed the least species and abundance diversity, with 41 species and 18.5% butterflies and followed by winter. Across families, Nymphalidae constituted the highest number of species during autumn and spring. Papilionidae had the highest number of species in spring and autumn while Pieridae had in autumn and spring. Hesperidae had the least species composition in all of the seasons. There was a significance difference among seasons as (p < 0.05, F= 5.529 and df =3). Shannon diversity index showed higher diversity in autumn, followed by spring, winter and lastly summer. Comparison of Shannon diversity index among families showed Nymphalidae has high value and Hesperiidae had least diversity index in all seasons. Hesperids prefers autumn season and Papilionidae had high index in winter. Lycaenidae had high value in autumn while Pieridae during spring. The dominance indices indicated that Nymphalidae is the dominant family in all of the seasons followed by Peiridae. Conservation of their habitats at landscape level is important for conservation of butterfly fauna of the study area.
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Abaynew Jemal Jenber, Emana Getu, Merkuz Abera. Butterfly diversity associated with seasonality at menagesha-suba state forest, Central Ethiopia. International Journal of Entomology Research, Volume 5, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 75-83
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