Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Species composition and seasonal variation of butterflies in Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, Jharkhand, India

Sushant Kumar Verma

The Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary is located 10km from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. It extends over 193km2 in the thick forest of Dalma mountain range, which rises to an elevation of 3,000ft. This wildlife sanctuary is the habitat of many wild animals. Climatic conditions in Dalma are typical of Indian Sal (Shorea robusta) forest. Annual temperature varies from 10°C to 42°C. The hottest months are May and June. The period from November to February is comparatively cool. The maximum rainfall is received during the months of July and August from the South West Monsoon. The natural vegetation comprises of a combination of Sal forest and tropical dry deciduous types.

Information on the butterflies and their seasonal population trends have been recorded for two years and the results are presented in this paper.

Article Reference

Journal of Threatened Taxa

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