On lepidopteran diversity of Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University Campus, Patan, Gujarat, India

Abstract :

Lepidoptera comprises butterflies and moths which are bio-indicators of the environmental condition. It has been found that the educational campuses and agricultural lands provide a suitable habitat for order Lepidoptera, therefore it can be considered an urban biodiversity hotspot. The present study provides an inventory of lepidopteran diversity in Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University (HNGU) campus (23°51'50.00"N, 72°08'12.00"E).  Survey was carried out from January 2019 to December 2021 based on various survey methods (light traps and visual encounter). A total of 59 species (36 genera, 5 families) of Rhopalocera (Butterflies) were recorded with maximum diversity recorded from the family Lycaenidae. Moreover, 138 species (116 Genera, 16 families) of Heterocera (Moths) were recorded with maximum diversity was recorded from the family Erebidae. Total 55 species of moth were recorded for the first time from the Gujarat state. The present study provides a baseline information on the Lepidopteran diversity in the HNGU campus for future research prospective, campus planting, and developmental strategies for the conservation.

Keyword :

Biodiversity inventory, checklist, first record, Heterocera, Rhopalocera, urbanisation

Author(s) : Patel, H., Patel, Hir., Patel, K., Trivedi, J.
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Published Issue : 2023 Vol. 18 Number 1

2023 Vol. 18 Number 1