Moths (Lepidoptera) of Shri Shivaji Art, commerce & Science College and Adjoining Areas, Akola: An Initial Checklist
Priyanka M Ramteke
Moths are diverse group of insects belonging to the order Lepidoptera and regarded as one of the indicators of a healthy environment. This study deals with the first documentation on the moth species of Shivaji Art, commerce & Science College campus and its adjoining areas of Akola, M.S. The study was and Adjoining Areas, Akola carried out from September 2019 to March 2020, surveying areas mostly in the college campus, human settlements and agricultural lands. The survey examined the light illuminated walls of the College campus where moths accumulated during the evening hours. Light trapping equipped with 18w UV-Actinic tube was also used to record moths from nearby agricultural lands. In total, 24 moth individuals were recorded belonging to 24 species Within 24 genera falling under 10 families.. The family Noctuidae -7 represented the highest number of species, followed by Crambidae -4, Sphingidae -3, and Lymantriidae -3 . the less commonly observed species belonging to families are Geometridae-1, Arctiidae-2, Saturniidae-1, Thyrididae -1 and nolidae-1 individuals respectively.
Priyanka M Ramteke. Moths (Lepidoptera) of Shri Shivaji Art, commerce & Science College and Adjoining Areas, Akola: An Initial Checklist. International Journal of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2020; 2(4): 338-343.