Diversity of Butterflies in Tamil Nadu Agriculture College and Research Institute Campus, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Jeyalakshmi, Surendran Appasamy, Joseph Thatheyus Antony
Butterflies form an important group of insects and offer many ecosystem services. Their survival and diversity is influenced by several factors including habitat destruction and climate change. Hence the present study aims at monitoring the diversity of butterflies in Tamil Nadu Agriculture College and Research Institute campus from July 2015 to April 2016. Monthly transect counts were carried out in selected locations and the Biodiversity indices were calculated using formulae. Totally 52 species of butterflies belonging to four families were recorded. Biodiversity indices exhibited variations with reference to months and the results are discussed.