Welcome to Butterflies of India, an internet-based and peer-reviewed resource devoted to Indian butterflies. India is one of the 17 "megadiverse" countries of the world. It is host to a spectacular number of butterflies: approximately 1,800 species and subspecies. About 15-20% of these are endemic to the Indian Region, which makes this an especially important region for butterfly diversity and conservation.
This website is designed to disseminate comprehensive information on various aspects of the biology of Indian butterflies, encourage their observation to study their natural history and ecology, gather population and distributional data in a centralized database, and spread awareness about their conservation. It is developed by Indian Foundation for Butterflies ("IFoundButterflies"), an organization of butterfly biologists and butterfly-watchers, who work towards research and conservation of Indian butterflies. Butterflies of India is a model of "citizen science", where ordinary citizens participate in gathering scientific data and building this free resource on Indian butterflies. So get involved! You can contribute butterfly pictures or spot records, write species pages, contribute other articles, or just spread the word.
Cite this website along with its URL as:
Kunte, K., S. Kalesh and U. Kodandaramaiah (eds.). 2012. Butterflies of India. v. 1.05. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.