BUTTERFLY

In the ocean of creations, butterflies are small yet beautiful creatures that steal hearts. In cities, it is now difficult to see these beautiful winged creatures due to loss of habitat. But due to the fruitful efforts of Forest Department sighting of different butterflies within the city has become possible. Butterflies are part of the life on Earth and an important component of its rich biodiversity. They are among first evolved species. Butterflies have fascinating life-cycles that are used to teach children about the natural world. The transformation from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis is one of the wonders of nature. These are an extremely important group of ‘model’ organisms used to investigate many areas of biological research such as navigation, pest control, embryology, mimicry, evolution, genetics, population dynamics and biodiversity conservation.

BUTTERFLY PARK

  • The Department has developed Butterfly Park in Sector-26, Chandigarh spread over an area of 7 acres. The park has been designed to facilitate an ideal environment for the breeding of butterflies. This beautiful park attracts lots of visitors.

  • To make ideal habitat for the butterflies special care is taken, and numerous host and nectar plants can be easily seen. These plants attract butterflies and greatly help in the breeding of specific species. Host plants like Mango, Salix, Citrus spps., Amla, Ashoka, camphor, etc. are planted for the breeding of Butterflies and Nectar plants such as Dahlia, Pansy, Marigold, Sweet peas, Antrinium, Cosmos, Zinnia etc. are planted seasonally. Butterflies also derive nourishment from pollen, tree sap, rotten fruits, dun and dissolved minerals in wet sand or dirt. Rotten fruits are placed at different locations of the Park to attract the butterflies. Over hundred species of different butterflies has been clicked on different occasions.
 
  • The Department in collaboration with various Eco Clubs organizes visits of school students to sensitize them about this beautiful creation.

FACILITIES AVAILABLE

  • Nature Trail
  • Butterfly Conservatory (Titli Ghar)
  • Interpretation Centre
  • Interpretive Boards
  • Interpretive signages
  • Host/Nectar Plant Boards
  • Waterfall structure
  • Aquatic Plant Section

List of Butterflies found in Butterfly Park, Chandigarh

Sr.No

Butterflies Name (Common Name)

Butterflies Name (Scientific Name)

Host Plants

1

Angled Castor

Ariadne ariadne

Arandi (Ricinus Communis)

2

Anomalous Nawab

Polyura agraria

 

3

Apefly

Spalgis epius

 

4

Baronet

Euthalia nais

Kendu (Diospyros melanoxylon)

5

Bath white

Pontia daplidice

 

6

Besta Palm Dart

Telicota besta bina

 

7

Black Rajah

Charaxes solon

 

8

Blue Mormon

Papilio polymnestor

 

9

Blue owl

Caligo illioneus

 

10

Blue Pansy

Junonia Orithya

Water Willow (Justicia procumbens)

11

Blue Tiger

Tirumala limniace

 

12

Bright Babul Blue

Azanus ubaldus

 

13

Bush Hopper

 

 

14

Castor

 

 

15

Chestnut Angle

Odontoptilum angulata

 

16

Chestnut Bob

Iambrix salsala

 

17

Chestnut Tiger

Parantica sita

 

18

Chocolate pansy

Junonia iphita

Dheu (Artocarpus lacucha)

19

Clear Sailor

Neptis clinia

 

20

Club Beak

Libythea myrrha

Khirak (Celtis australis)

21

Commander

Muduza procris

 

22

Common Acacia Blue

Surendra quercetorum

 

23

Common Albatross

 

 

24

Common Banded Peacock

 

 

25

Common Baron

 

 

26

Common blue bottle

Graphium sarpedon

Ashoka (Polyalthia longifolia)

27

Common Bush Brown

 

 

28

Common Cerulean

 

 

29

Common Crow

Euploea core

Amaltas (Cassia Fistula)

30

Common Emigrant

 

 

31

Common Evening Brown

 

 

32

Common Grass Yellow

 

 

33

Common Gull

 

 

34

Common Hedge Blue

 

 

35

Common Jay

Graphium doson

Kapur (Cinnamomum Camphora)

36

Common Jester

Symbrenthia lilaea

 

37

Common Jezebel

Delias eucharis

Honey Suckle Mistletoe (Dendrophthoe falcata)

38

Common Leopard

Phalanta phalantha

Willow (Salix babylonica)

39

Common Map

Cyrestis thyodamas

Pipal tree (Ficus religiosa)

40

Common Mime

Papilio clytia

Kapur (Cinnamomum Camphora), Crane flower (Strelitzia reginae)

41

Common mormon

Papilio Polytes

Bael (Aegle marmelos), Karipata (Murraya Koenigii)

42

Common Nawab

 

 

43

Common Palmfly

Elymnias hypermnestra

 

44

Common Pierrot

Castalius rosimon

Ber (Ziziphus jujuba)

45

Common Red Eye

 

 

46

Common Red Rose Mormon

Papilio polytes

Galgal (Citrus pseudolimon)

 

47

Common Rose

Atrophaneura aristolochiae

Aristolochia indica

48

Common Sailor

Neptis hylas

Gudhal (Hibiscus rosasinensis)

49

Common Sergeant

Athyma perius

 

50

Common Three-ring

 

 

51

Common Wanderer

 

 

52

Crimson Rose

 

 

53

Crimson Tip

 

 

54

Danaid Eggfly

Hypolimnas misippus

Gudhal (Hibiscus rosasinensis), Dophar Khidi (Portalaca grandflora)

55

Dark Blue Tiger

Tirumala septentrionis

Neela Phulnu (Ageratum conyzoides)

56

Dark Cerulean

 

 

57

Dark Glassy Tiger

 

 

58

Double-Branded Crow

 

 

59

Glassy Tiger

Parantica aglea

 

60

Gaudy Baron

 

 

61

Grass Demon

Udaspes folus

Zingiber zerumbet

62

Grass Jewel

Freyeria trouchylus

 

63

Great Eggflly

Hypolimnas bolina

 

64

Grey Pansy

Junonia atlites

Barleria cristata

65

Himalayan Fulvous Pied Flat

Pseudocoladenia dan

 

66

Horaga onyx

 

 

67

Indian Fritillary

Argyreus hyperbius

 

68

Indian Red Admiral

Vanessa Indica

False Nettle (Boehmeria grandis)

69

Indian Tortoiseshall

Aglais cashmiriensis

 

70

Large white Cabbage

Pieris brassicae

 

71

Lemon Ehuigrant

catosilia pomona

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Lyrata Ficus)

72

Lemon Pansy

Junonia lemonias

Bhang (Cannabis sativa), Kala Bansa (Barleria cristata)

73

Lime Butterfly

Papilio demoleus

Galgal (Citrus limon), Kinu

74

Oak Leaf

Kallima inachus

Peach (Prunus persica)

75

One-spot grass yellow

Eurema andersonii

 

76

Orange Oakleaf

Kallima albofasciata

 

77

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

Bush Mallow (Lavatera maritime)

78

Peacock Pansy

Junonia Almana

Barleria cristata, Lemon (Citrus limon)

79

Plain cupid

Chilades pandava

Kikar (Acacia nilotica)

80

Plain tiger

Danaus chrysippus

 

81

Plain Tiger

Danaus chrysippus

Ixora (Ixora Coccinea), Madar (Calotropis procera)

82

Plains cupid

Chilades pandava

Kikar (Acacia nilotica)

83

Red Pierrot

Talicada nyseus

Pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus), Ber (Ziziphus jujuba)

84

Rustic

Cupha erymanthis

 

85

Silverstreak Blue

Iraota timoleon

 

86

Spangle

Papilio protenor

 

87

Striped Blue Crow

Euploea mulciber

 

88

Striped Tiger

Danaus genutia

Madar (Calotropis procera)

89

Tawny Coster

Acraea terpsicore

Aam (mangiafera indica)

90

Vagrant

Vagrans egista

 

91

Yellow Orange Tip

Ixias pyrene

Kanthari (Capparis sepiaria)

92

Yellow Pansy

Junonia hierta