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Records of the Zoological Survey of India: Handbook on Diversity in Some of the Indian Butterflies: Insecta; Lepidoptera

 
I.J. Gupta (Author) Mridula Majumdar (Author)
Synopsis

From the Introduction: Butterflies are the most commonly observed among insects. They are the most beautiful and spectacular forms of life with varied sizes, shapes and all kinds of colours and patterns. Reference to them as whites and yellows Pieridae browns Satyrinae and blues Lycaenidae is owing to their dominant colours.

Their attractive colour patterns have enhanced their aesthetic value. The wonderful phenomenon is inscription of English alphabets and numerals on the wings surfaces of some of the species of butterflies fig.1. They are natural pollinators and have close relationship with the flowering plants. They are good ecological indicators and more sensitive to climatic changes. During monsoons they are dark colored but in dry months they show dull of pale colouration. Their occurrence in a habitat indicates the presence of particular species of plants and animals. During developmental stages their larvae or caterpillars feed on a variety of food plants crops, fruits, vegetables, forest trees, etc. Their association with coccids ants, etc. is also interesting. they play a significant role in the food chain being mainly herbivores on one hand and prey to their predators like amphibians reptiles birds and mammals on the other.

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Bibliographic information

Title Records of the Zoological Survey of India: Handbook on Diversity in Some of the Indian Butterflies: Insecta; Lepidoptera
Format Softcover
Date published: 20.08.2012
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788181712981
length viii+324p., 264 Colour Plates; B/W Figures.