324 pages, 264 colour photos, b/w illustrations
This handbook is the outcome of the Biodiversity of India programmes of the Zoological Survey of India. Efforts have been made to provide information on different aspects of the life of butterflies – habits, habitat, ecology and food plants along with life-histories of some species. The diagnostic and morphological characters of species and intraspecific variation have been given. The species have been included considering their interesting features – beauty, size, names after those of Indian Gods and Goddesses, seasonal variation, sexual dimorphism, polymorphism. protective devices evolved for their survival, methods of flight, metallic colouration, symbiotic relationship, pests of fruits and vegetables, of common and rare occurrence, etc. The illustrations of species or subspecies of these butterflies have also been provided.
1. Collecting, setting, pinning storage and display in the museum
3. Classification of butterflies
4. Super family papilionoidea
5. Family papilionidae
6. Family Pieridae
7. Family Nymphalidae
8. Family Lycaenidae
9. Superfamily Hesperioidea
10. Family Hesperiidae
Index: names of species of food plants
Index: common names of butterflies
Index: names of species of butterflies
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