|Lime butterfly, most common on campus|
Campus Nature Diary of NIT Rourkela (May-2014)
Butterflies on the campus
This was my first photo-walk in the campus for butterflies, after joining the instituter. Campus is full of indigenous trees and shrubs, which is healthy environment for pretty butterflies. Gardens full of variety of flowers are well maintained. Campus has everything at least to have common butterflies around.
List of butterflies spotted
This is the most common butterfly. Commonness is bit obvious, considering number of lime trees in the campus. All the specimens were fresh and with wings in good condition. On first week, I saw a female laying eggs on lime tree near SBI branch. Tree had lost all its leaves. In the second week, I saw plant with new foliage and stage-I caterpillars all over the plant. Lime was seen feeding on aster flowers outside South block guest house.
Plain tigerAnother common species on the campus. Seen feeding on button flowers along road side.
Few specimen were seen nearby SBI branch. Bank campus has some Asoka and Michelia Champa (Sonchafa) trees, which are used as host plants by common jay.
Common EmigrantCommon emigrants are in plenty, constantly on the wings. Rarely seen resting on tree at height about 2 meter e.g. small mango tree. Never seen on ground flowers.