Butterflies of gadeshwar reservoir, Panvel, Maharashtra
Anant Lokhande, Ashish Thoke, Vedanti Mahimkar, Rahul Misal, Shashank More
Raigad district, one of the largest forest areas in India, grasps huge biodiversity in few green fragmented natural habitats. One such habitat is the backwaters of Gadeshwar reservoir, Panvel. This habitat located in dense forest area of Panvel. The current research was surveyed from January 2018 to December 2019 to assess the diversity of butterflies and has recorded 58 species belonging to five families in which Nymphalidae (22 species) was highly dominant family followed by Pieridae (15 species), Lycaenidae (10 species), Papilionidae (8 species) and Hesperiidae (3 species). The research showed that forest along the backwaters of Gadeshwar reservoir have distinctive biodiversity of butterfly.