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Butterfly Checklist of IIT Bombay



Butterfly Checklist of IIT Bombay


Tawney Rajah Male
              Here is a consolidated checklist of butterflies seen inside the IIT campus. Our group consists of four members : Paresh Kale, Abhay Soman, Swapnil Lokhande and Chintamani Joglekar. Photographic recordings of butterflies by our group started around September 2008. Photos included in the article are of rarely seen species only.
              A survey on wild life in IITB campus was done earlier by WWF. Report for the same, titled “Study of the Biodiversity of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Campus” by World Wide Fund for Nature -India, Maharashtra State Office, Mumbai can be found here. According to this report, Dr. Amol Patwardan has listed about 85 species of butterfly in the campus in October 2009.

Prominent spots for the observations are :


1. Powai Lake Side Road ( H-8 backside to Kshitij Garden)
2. Hill Side ( Hill behind Ananta quarters)
3. Medical Garden (Behind H-3)
4. H-12 and H-13 garden
5. Vihar Lake

         

Papilionidae:


Spot Swordtail, Pathysa nomius (Esper, 1798)
Common Mime, Chilasa clytia, Linnaeus, 1758
Lime Butterfly, Papilio demoleus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Jay, Graphium doson (C. & R. Felder, 1864)
Tailed Jay, Graphium agamemnon (Linnaeus, 1758)
Common Bluebottle, Graphium sarpedon (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Rose, Pachliopta aristolochiae (Fabricius, 1775)
Crimson Rose, Pachliopta hector (Linnaeus, 1758)

Blue Mormon, Papilio polymnestor (Cramer, 1775)
Common Mormon, Papilio polytes (Linnaeus, 1758)



Pieridae:


White Orange Tip , Ixias marianne Cramer, 1779
Yellow Orange Tip , Ixias pyrene Linnaeus, 1764
Great Orange-Tip , Hebomoia glaucippe Linnaeus, 1758

Chocolate Albatross , Appias lyncida Cramer, 1777
Striped Albatross, Appias albina Felder
Small Salmon Arab

Psyche , Leptosia nina Fabricius, 1793
Common Gull , Cepora nerissa Fabricius, 1775
Small Salmon Arab , Colotis amata Fabricius, 1775
Common Wanderer , Pareronia valeria (Cramer, 1776)
Common Jezebel , Delias eucharis Drury, 1773

Common Emigrant , Catopsilia pomona Fabricius, 1775
Mottled Emigrant , Catopsilia pyranthe Latreille, 1758

Small Grass Yellow , Eurema brigitta Cramer, 1780
Spotless Grass Yellow , Eurema laeta Boisduval, 1836
Common Grass Yellow, Eurema hecabe Linnaeus




Nymphalidae:

South Indian Blue Oakleaf Kallima horsfieldi Kollar, 1844
Common Indian Crow, Euploea core (Cramer, 1780)
Common Bushbrown Mycalesis perseus (Fabricius, 1775)
Great Evening Brown
Bamboo Treebrown Lethe europa (Fabricius, 1775)
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui
Common Nawab Polyura athamas (Drury, 1773)

Tawny Rajah Charaxes bernardus (Fabricius, 1793)
Black Rajah Charaxes solon (Fabricius, 1793)

Glassy Tiger, Parantica aglea (Stoll, 1782)
Blue Tiger, Tirumala limniace Cramer, 1775
Plain Tiger, Danaus chrysippus Linnaeus, 1758
Common Or Striped Tiger, Danaus genutia Cramer, 1779
 
Common Fourring Ypthima huebneri Kirby, 1871
Common Evening Brown Melanitis leda (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Palmfly Elymnias hypermnestra (Linnaeus, 1763)
Leopard Phalanta phalantha Drury, 1773
Tawny Coster Acraea terpsicore (Linnaeus, 1758)
Commander Limenitis procris (Cramer, 1777)

Common Sailer Neptis hylas Linnaeus, 1758
Shortbanded Sailer Neptis columella
Chestnut-Streaked Sailer Neptis jumbah Moore, 1857
Gaudy Baron Female

Common Baron Euthalia aconthea (Cramer, 1777)
Gaudy Baron Euthalia lubentina (Cramer, 1777)

Angled Castor Ariadne ariadne Linnaeus, 1763
Common Castor Ariadne merione

Gray Pansy Junonia atlites (Linnaeus, 1763)
Peacock Pansy Junonia (Precis) almana (Linnaeus, 1758)
Chocolate Pansy, Junonia (Precis) iphita (Cramer, 1779)
Lemon Pansy Junonia (Precis) lemonias (Linnaeus, 1758)
Yellow Pansy Junonia (Precis) hierta (Fabricius, 1798)
Blue Pansy Junonia orithya (Linnaeus, 1758)

Great Eggfly Hypolimnas bolina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Danaid Eggfly Hypolimnas misippus (Linnaeus, 1764)



Lycaenidae:


Apefly Spalgis epius (Westwood, 1851)
Monkeypuzzle Rathinda amor (Fabricius, 1775)
Common Guava Blue Virachola isocrates (Fabricius, 1793)
Zebra Blue Syntarucus plinius (Fabricius, 1793)
Common Hedge Blue Acytolepis puspa (Horsfield, 1828)
Lime Blue Chilades laius (Cramer, 1782) 
Grass Jewel Freyeria trochylus (Freyer, 1845)
Gram Blue Euchrysops cnejus (Fabricius, 1798)

Pointed Ciliate Blue Anthene lycaenina (C. Felder, 1868)
Forget-me-not Catachrysops strabo (Fabricius, 1793)
Peablue Lampides boeticus (Linnaeus, 1767)
Indian Sunbeam Curetis thetis (Drury, 1773) 
Large Oakblue Arhopala amantes (Hewitson, 1862)

Red Pierrot Talicada nyseus Guérin, 1843
Common Pierrot Castalius rosimon Fabricius, 1775.
Angled Pierrot Caleta caleta Hewitson, 1876
Rounded Pierrot (Taracus Nara)

Indian Cupid Chilades parrhasius (Fabricius, 1793)
Plains Cupid Edales pandava (Horsfield, 1829)

Dark Grass Blue Zizeeria lysimon (Hübner, 1798-1803)
Pale Grass Blue Pseudozizeeria maha (Kollar, 1848)
Tiny Grass Blue Zizula gaika (Trimen, 1862)

Dark Cerulean Jamides bochus Stoll, 1782
Common Cerulean Jamides celeno (Cramer, 1775)

Tailless Lineblue Prosotas dubiosa (Semper, 1879)

Common Silverline Spindasis vulcanus (Fabricius, 1775)
Long-banded Silverline Spindasis lohita (Horsfield, 1829)

Slate Flash Rapala schistacea (Moore, 1879)
Common Red Flash Rapala iarbus (Fabricius, 1787)
Indigo Flash


Hesperiidae:

Brown Awl Badamia exclamationis (Fabricius, 1775)
Common Awl Hasora badra (Moore , 1857)
Common Banded Awl Hasora chromus (Cramer , 1780)

Bush Hopper Ampittia dioscorides (Fabricius, 1793)
Indian Grizzled/Indian Skipper Spialia galba (Fabricius, 1793)

Chestnut Bob Iambrix salsala (Moore, 1865)
Indian Palm Bob, Suastus gremius (fabricius, 1798)

Rice Swift Borbo cinnara (Wallace, 1866)
Conjoined Swift Pelopidas conjuncta (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)
Bevan's Swift (Pseudoborbo bevani)
Blank Swift ( Caltoris Kumara)
Branded Swift ( Pelopdas Agna)

Parnara spp. (Guattatus / Ganga/ Bada)

Dark Palm Dart Telicota ancilla (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)
Pale Palm Dart (Telicota Augais)

Grass Demon, Udaspes folus (Cramer, 1775)
Golden Angle Caprona ransonnetti (Felder, 1868)

Malabar Spotted Flat Celaenorrhinus ambareesa (Moore, 1865)
Spotted Small Flat

Tricolour Flat Coladenia indrani (Moore, 1865)
Common Small Flat Sarangesa dasahara (Moore, 1865)
Spotted Small Flat Sarangesa purendra (Moore, 1882)
 
Common Redeye Matapa aria (Moore, 1865)
Giant Red Eye


Species seen in Mumbai and around but not in IIT Bombay


Pioneer(Caper White) , Anaphaeis aurota Fabricius, 1793
Lesser Gull , Cepora nadina Lucas, 1852
Small Orange-Tip , Colotis etrida Boisduval, 1836
Common Albatross, Appias albina Felder

Double-Branded Crow, Euploea sylvester (Fabricius, 1793)
Dark Blue Tiger, Tirumala septentrionis (Butler, 1874)
Common Fivering Ypthima baldus (Fabricius, 1775)
Baronet Euthalia nais (Forster, 1771)

Plum Judy, Abisara echerius (Moore, 1901)
Malayan Megisba malaya (Horsfield, 1828) (H20.1, p. 220)
Metallic Cerulean Jamides alecto (Felder, 1860) (L27.7)
Toothed Sunbeam Curetis dentata Moore, 1879
Centaur Oakblue Nilasera centaurus (Fabricius, 1775)
Yamfly Loxura atymnus (Cramer, 1782) (L48.1)

Abnormal Silverline
Common Shot Silverline Aphnaeus ictis Hewitson, 1865
Large Guava Blue
Peacock Royal Tajuria cippus (Fabricius, 1798) (L55.13)
Cornelian Deudorix epijarbas (Moore, 1857) (L70.1)
Common Acacia Blue Surendra quercetorum
Small Cupid Chilades contracta (Butler 1880)
Common Lineblue Prosotas nora (Felder, 1860)
Common Tinsel

Orangetail Awl/Pale Green Awlet Bibasis sena (Moore, 1865)
Orange-striped Awl/Orange Awlet Bibasis jaina (Moore, 1865)
Dark Palm Dart Telicota ancilla (Herrich-Schäffer, 1869)
Common Spotted Flat Celaenorrhinus leucocera (Kollar , 1848)
Angled Flat/Black Angle Tapena twaithesi (Moore, 1881)



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