Butterfly (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) fauna of Jabalpur City, Madhya Pradesh, India

Main Article Content

Jagat S. Flora
Ashish D. Tiple
Ashok Sengupta
Sonali V. Padwad


The present study was carried out to reveal the butterfly species diversity in the Jabalpur City, Madhya Pradesh, India.  Study was carried out from January 2008 to 2018. A total of 112 species were recorded, with an addition of 41 new species for Jabalpur district and one species for the state of Madhya Pradesh.  Of the total, 42 species were very common, five were frequent common, 18 were rare, and four were very rare. Nymphalidae was dominant with 39 species, followed by Lycaenidae with 38, Pieridae with 15 species, Hesperiidae with 14, Papilionidae with eight and Riodinidae with one species.  About six species of the recorded ones come under the protection category of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.  The study illustrated the value of Jabalpur City area in hosting valuable resources for butterflies.


Article Details

Short Communications
Author Biography

Ashish D. Tiple, Department of Zoology, Vidyabharti College, Seloo, Wardha, RTM Nagpur University Nagpur, Maharashtra 442104, India.

Assistant Professor and Head,
Department of Zoology,
Vidyabharati college, Seloo, Wardha
Maharashtra, India


Betham, J.A. (1890). The butterflies of the Central Provinces. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 5: 19–28; 151–161; 279–286.

Betham, J.A. (1891). The butterflies of the Central Provinces. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 6: 175–183; 318–331.

Chandra, K. (2006). The Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) of Kangerghati National Park (Chhattisgarh). Advancement in Indian Entomology: Productivity and Health, Vol. II, 83–88pp.

Chandra, K., L.K. Chaudhary, R.K. Singh & M.L. Koshta (2002). Butterflies of Pench Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh. Zoos’ Print Journal 17(10): 908–909. http://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.ZPJ.17.10.908-9 DOI: https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.ZPJ.17.10.908-9

Chandra, K., R.K. Singh & M.L. Koshta (2000a). On a collection of butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhopalocera) from Sidhi District, Madhya Pradesh, India. Records of Zoological Survey of India 98(4): 11–23.

Chandra, K., R.K. Singh & M.L. Koshta (2000b). On a collection of Butterfly fauna from Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. Proceedings of National Seminar on Biodiversity Conservation and Management with Special Reference on Biosphere Reserve, EPCO, Bhopal, November, 72–77pp.

Chandra, K., R.M. Sharma, A. Singh & R.K. Singh (2007). A checklist of butterflies of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh States, India. Zoos’ Print Journal 22(8): 2790–2798. https://dx.doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.ZPJ.1708.2790-8 DOI: https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.ZPJ.1708.2790-8

Chaudhury, M. (1995). Insecta: Lepidoptera, Fauna of Conservation Area: Fauna of Indravati Tiger Reserve. Zoological Survey of India 6: 45–52.

D’Abreu, E.A. (1931). The central provinces butterfly list. Records of the Nagpur Museum number VII. Government Printing City Press, 39pp.

Evans, W.H. (1932). The Identification of Indian Butterflies. 2nd Edition. Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, 454pp.

Forsayeth, R.W. (1884). Life history of sixty species of Lepidoptera observed in Mhow, Central India. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 3: 377–419.

Gupta, I.J. and J.P.N. Shukla (1987). Butterflies from Bastar District (Madhya Pradesh, India). Records of Zoological Survey of India, Occasional Paper 106: 1–74.

Kunte, K. (2000). Butterflies of Peninsular India. Universities Press (Hyderabad) and Indian Academy of Sciences (Bangalore), 254pp.

Martinez, A.L., J.L. Bousquets, I.F. Fernandez & A.D. Warren (2003). Biodiversity and Biogeography of Mexican butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea and Hesperioidea). Proceedings of Entomological Society of Washington 105(1): 209–244

Pollard, E. (1991). Monitoring butterfly numbers. In: Goldsmith, F. Β. Editor. Monitoring for Conservation and Ecology. Chapman and Hall, London, 78pp.

Siddiqui, A. & S.P. Singh (2004). A checklist of the butterfly diversity of Panna Forest (M.P). National Journal of Life Sciences 1(2): 403–406.

Singh, R.K. (1977). On a collection of butterflies (Insecta) from Bastar district, Madhya Pradesh, India. Newsletter Zoological Survey of India 3(5): 323–326.

Singh R.K. & M.L. Koshta (2008). Insecta Lepidoptera (Rhopalocera and Grypocera), pp. 187–207. Records of Zoological Survey of India. Faunal Diversity of Jabalpur District, M.P.

Singh, R.K. & K. Chandra (2002). An inventory of butterflies of Chhattisgarh. Journal of Tropical Forestry 18(1): 67–74.

Swinhoe, C. (1886). On the Lepidoptera of Mhow. Proceedings of Zoological Society of London pp. 421–465.

Talbot, G. (1939). The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Butterflies. Today and Tomorrow’s Printers and Publishers, New Delhi, 600pp.

Talbot, G. (1947). The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Butterflies. Today and Tomorrow’s Printers and Publishers, New Delhi, 506pp.

Tiple, A.D. (2011). Butterflies of Vidarbha region, Maharashtra State, central India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 3(1): 1469–1477. https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2397.1469-77 DOI: https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2397.1469-77

Tiple, A.D. (2012). Butterfly species diversity, relative abundance and status in Tropical Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, central India. Journal of Threatened Taxa 4(7): 2713–2717. https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2656.2713-7 DOI: https://doi.org/10.11609/JoTT.o2656.2713-7

Tiple, A. D., A.M. Khurad & R.L.H. Dennis (2007). Butterfly diversity in relation to a human-impact gradient on an Indian university campus. Nota Lepidopteralogica 30(1): 179–188.

Tiple, A.D., V.P. Deshmukh & R.L.H. Dennis (2006). Factors influencing nectar plant resource visits by butterflies on a university campus: implications for conservation. Nota Lepidopteralogica 28: 213–224.

Witt, D.O. (1909). The butterflies (Rhopalocera) of the Nimar district, Central Provinces. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society 19(3): 564–571.

Wynter-Blyth, M.A. (1957). Butterflies of the Indian Region. Bombay Natural History Society, 523pp.