The ‘Butterflies of Tamil Nadu’ introduces you to 90 generally discovered butterflies within the state

This 24-page booklet was not too long ago launched by The Nature and Butterfly Society. It’s aimed to create an curiosity in butterfly-watching amongst college students

Do you know that the lemon tree in your yard generally is a host for Lime butterflies? Or that the frequent Baron butterflies lay their eggs on mango bushes? “Every butterfly is dependent upon a particular set of crops for laying their eggs. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of those host crops to be a pupa, which later grows into an grownup butterfly,” says Pavendhan A, president of The Nature and Butterfly Society. The organisation has not too long ago provide you with Butterflies of Tamil Nadu, a 24-page booklet that introduces individuals to the world of butterflies.

It discusses the position, life cycle and migration of butterflies together with a step-by-step means of establishing a butterfly backyard. “There are 325 kinds of butterflies in Tamil Nadu. The booklet incorporates data and images of 90 generally discovered species. To make it extra attention-grabbing to individuals within the State, we’ve got included 9 butterflies whose frequent English names begin with the phrase, ‘Tamil’ just like the Tamil yeoman (Tamil Nadu State butterfly), Tamil catseye and Tamil bushbrown.”


The main points are compiled by a core staff comprising 10 members. “All of us are skilled naturalists who’ve been energetic butterfly watchers for round 10 years. It took us one month to place it collectively. This isn’t carried out for revenue and the value covers the printing value. Our intention is to create an curiosity in butterfly-watching amongst college students,” he says.

Pavendhan means that the most effective time for butterfly watching is from April to June and from September to November. “These are migration seasons. Whereas the butterflies descent from Western Ghats to Japanese Ghats within the former season, they make their means from Japanese Ghats again into the Western Ghats within the latter. Through the migratory season of Could 2018, we witnessed numerous lime butterflies ‘mud-puddling’ in Kallar close to Mettupalayam. They arrive in hundreds. On this course of, male butterflies sit on mud to soak up salt from it. That is then transferred to the females which helps within the fertilization course of,” he explains.

Get began on butterfly watching

  • It doesn’t require an enormous funding and you can begin in your backyard or yard
  • Have a area information and a pocket book to jot down your findings
  • Click on images of the butterflies you see together with your cellphone digital camera
  • To determine the species use the sector information or web sites like
  • Planting nectar crops comparable to marigold, flame of the woods, Peruvian zennia, coat buttons, Chinese language hibiscus and so on will deliver in additional butterflies
  • With time, one can put money into binoculars and an expert digital camera

That is the second e-book printed by The Nature and Butterfly Society. “Earlier, we introduced out a e-book on the birds and butterflies seen in Sathyamangalam Wildlife Sanctuary. We additionally publish a free publication on butterflies as soon as in three months, on our web site,” he says. The staff has a sponsorship plan by means of which individuals can donate cash for books to be distributed to kids. “This shall be helpful particularly for these from the economically weaker sections,” he explains. The members of The Nature and Butterfly Society is at present engaged on bringing out the Tamil model of the e-book. “We’ve got began engaged on it. I hope that it will likely be out within the subsequent three months,” he concludes.

The e-book is priced at ₹30 and the organisation supplies low cost for bulk orders. Contact 9677466921 or to order.

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