Grants:Project/Rapid/Atudu/Wiki Loves Butterfly Part-II

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"Atudu/Wiki Loves Butterfly Part-II"
The Part-II of the Wiki Loves Butterfly focuses to take the project forward. The main purpose of Wiki Loves Butterfly (WLB) project Part-II is to increase the amount of free-licence materials regarding Lepidoptera (especially Butterfly) species in Commons, create and develop further articles in Bengal Wikipedia and other languages also, to contribute species documentation in Wikispecies and aiming at broad spectrum of outreach programme and knowledge sharing and collaborating with special interest groups inspiring more uses for Wikipedia. We aim also to raise awareness among various community chapters, motivate them to contribute to the Wiki projects and organize this kind of project in different species in future as we had done in the first part of the same.
targetWikipedia (multi-language specially Bengali and English Wikipedia), Wikimedia Commons, Wikispecies
start date1 June
end date31 March
budget (local currency)98,385
budget (USD)1523.34
grant typeIndividual
contact(s)• ananyanutritionist(_AT_)
  • sandipoutsiderdas(_AT_)

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Project Goal[edit]

Briefly explain what are you trying to accomplish with this project, or what do you expect will change as a result of this grant. Example goals include, "recruit new editors", "add high quality content", or "train existing editors on a specific skill".

We have successfully completed the first part of WLB project fulfilling our target goal, have submitted the report of the same. Our Wiki Loves Butterfly Part-II project goal is as the previous one with some addition.

Target outcome and actual outcome in Wiki Loves Butterfly Part-I

The overall purpose of Wiki Loves Butterfly project part-II is to increase the amount of free licence materials regarding remaining available butterfly species of West Bengal, India and related documentation and photographs in Wikimedia Commons and develop the quality and quantity of Wikipedia articles (Bengali Language, English Language) in this regard and particular documentation of further rarely available species of any location of West Bengal to be contributed in Wikispecies. The WLB project part-II further aims at broad spectrum of outreach programme, knowledge sharing and interest growing among people about Butterfly as well as of Wikipedia, Wikimedia commons, Wikispecies, contributing quality images on butterfly related events to Wikimedia commons involving more users as we have already done in Part-I of the same project. Apart from that the Wikimedia movement and local chapters will gain visibility and impetus through the success of this WLB project.

  • Our project goal includes recruiting new editors. The WLB Project has so far included 11 new editors on Wikipedia who have started their Wiki venture with developing and creating articles and uploading quality photographs in Wikimedia Commons on behalf of the WLB project.
  • As a result of this grant, the team members of WLB who are mostly students and under employed, shall have the financial support and impetus to run the project with a renewed zeal and enthusiasm which they have already shown in their activities during the Part-I of the said project. Most of our participants suffer from financial problems while moving to different forest area and butterfly hotspots which incur a huge expenditure on successive visits. The materialization of the grant shall help us to meet up the huge expenditure for accommodation, transport, permission, entry passes etc and we shall redouble our endevour and zeal in photo documenting and data collection in broader areas of action.
  • In part-II of WLB project this time, apart from our species identification, documentation and article creation, we desire to work on sub-species level which will be more detailed genre of knowledge sharing.

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. What will you and other organizers spend your time doing?

Project Work done so far in Part-I[edit]

No. of Species Identified and No. of Article created in Wiki Loves Butterfly Part-I

Our sole plan of WLB project part-II shall be to materialize the pending works of WLB Prat-I and its furtherance.

  • Like the Part-I of WLB Plans are set in broad spectrum to cover the butterfly infested areas and Butterfly gardens in West Bengal for complete documentation through quality photographs, reports and article writing about the life cycle, habitat, characteristic behavioral activities, seasonal differences, host plant etc. butterfly species.
  • Plans are also there for extensive outreach programme targeting a good number of uses and incumbents under the preview of this project and to contribute in huge quantity in Wikipedia, Wikimedia commons etc.
  • Plans of future prospect of workshop and online edit-a-thon with a highly expertised butterfly related scientific research group (Nature Mates) which has been left pending in Part-I of WLB project because the experts members remained too busy to manage time for the proposed edit-a-thon. This time we will hopefully make it possible.
No. of species identified and complete series of species
  • Of the available more than 350 species in West Bengal, we have completed 163 species. In WLB part-II we hope to cover the complete series of Ventral and Dorsal documentation not done so far along with more species.
  • Targeted plans are there to endow Wikimedia movement a high impetus through the broader spectrum of this project.

In course of the project, for the Photo Documentation and Data Collection in the different butterfly hotspots of West Bengal, the WLB team have planned and decided to move to every butterfly infested location at least one time each of the four seasons- Pre-monsoon, Monsoon, Post-Monsoon and Winter. In case of the local Butterfly gardens the number of visits shall be two times per season.

How will you let others in your community know about your project (please provide links to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions)? Why are you targeting a specific audience?

  • Notified about the completion of the first part of WLB project in different butterfly hotspots of West Bengal and its report submission in WP Village pump of my community Bn Wiki. [1]
  • The notification of the 2nd part of the said project from 1st June'17 to 31st March'18 has also been done in WP village pump of Bn Wikipedia.
  • Mailed the link about WLB project part-II to many of the wiki editors of Bn Wiki as well as other language communities and invited them valuable suggestions and support for developing our WLB project part-II with better excellence and requesting them for multi-lingual approach.
  • A press release in Hindi e-paper, Bhopal Samachar on 18th April 2017 about the WLB project.[2]

Being a project dedicated to species and sub-species level documentation of Butterfly, WLB part-II, like the part-I, strongly require very special and specific knowledge and learning on species and sub-species. So, the necessity of targeting a specific audience on special interest group becomes highly imperative.

  • The expert views, opinions and suggestions of team Nature Mates, National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) etc. shall definitely enrich our knowledge and meet up our queries regarding the butterfly kingdom.
  • Such interest groups are the best to be collaborated with and the worthiest to be brought under the preview of outreach target.

What will you have done at the end of your project? How will you follow-up with people that are involved with your project?

  • At the end, WLB project part-II shall directly contribute and support Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and wiki species in knowledge building as well as in total development of Wikimedia movement through relevant article development, creating more active editors, good quality photo uploading, creating more active editors, expanding outreach programme, close associates with special interest group, creating new interest groups about the butterflies of west Bengal and inspired them to developed to create articles as well as through personal mentor-ship.
  • Strong involvement in the traditional Wikipedia communication, plans of online edit-a-thon with special interest researcher group, nature mates, targeting species and subspecies identification.


  • Discussion of the talk page of the project.
  • I shall keep in close contact with the persons involved in my project through an already made up and maintained WhatsApp group and other social media groups. They shall be kept updated with latest Wikipedia events and workshops.
  • Constant mentor ship on my part is inspiring them in article development and creating on relevant and other subjects as well as inspiring them and triggering with them newer project to developed Wikipedia and its sister projects.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets and feel free to add more specific to your project:

  1. Number of Edit-a-thon: 1
  2. Number of Photowalk locally: 1
  3. Number of total participants: 10
  4. Number of articles created or improved (if applicable): 120
  5. Number of photos uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (if applicable): 800
  6. Number of photos used on Wikimedia projects (if applicable): 25% of total number of photos uploaded


What resources do you have? Include information on who is the organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

  • Project manager: Ananya Mondal (Atudu)
  • Member of core group: Sandip Das (Sandipoutsider), Arghyadeep Das (Arghyadeep98),
  • Volunteering participants: Tamaghna Sengupta, Arnab Bar, Arjan Basu Roy, Judhajit Dasgupta, Sayan Sanyal, Kalyan Mukherjee[3]

We have our high enthusiastic bent and significant studies and observation in the project related matter. Our success in doccumenting a good number of 163 species in WLB Part-I, good records in butterfly watching and exploration methods, our knowledge about biodiversity area and butterfly infested places of West Bengal shall be our resources towards final success. Our rapid pace of photographing and documentation at butterfly gardens and butterfly infested areas and parks at phases add impetus and gain in our project as well as in our regular contribution to Wikimedia commons and Bengali Wikipedia, English Wikipedia. We have collaborated with reputed special interest group to ensure their expertise and scientific support and at the same time to extend outreach in motivating them in reviewing proper citation along with image contribution.

Here the names and identity of these reputed figures whom we have got through outreach programme in the WLB part-I and who will actively cooperate us (On wiki and off wiki basis) this time also:

  • Dr. Krushnamegh Kunte:He is a faculty at the National Centre for Biological Sciences(NCBS), Bengaluru, as a Ramanujan Fellow. A renowned lepidopterist, author of many books and research papers on butterfly. [4][5][6]
  • Mr. Arjan Basu Roy: Butterfly experts, curator of different butterfly garden and parks maintained by the Govt. of West Bengal, Writer on Butterflies. He is also a founding member of a nature club called Nature Mates.[7][6]
  • Mr. Tarun Karmakar: Project Trainee of National Centre for Biological Sciences, specialist in butterfly taxonomy.[8][6]
  • Mr. Hemanth Ogale: Noted lepidopterist, macro photography expart attached with Malabar Nature Conservation Club, an NGO from Amboli, which conducts environment awareness programs in the local school [6]
  • Mr. Rudra Prasad Das: He is a doctoral research fellow, doing research on butterfly communities of West Bengal. He is also attached with UNEP-GEF-ABS Project under The West Bengal Biodiversity Board as a Technical Assistant.[9][6]
  • Mr. Judhajit Dasgupta: Butterfly expert and first writer of books on Butterfly in Bengali language.
  • Mr. Isaac Kehimkar: He is the deputy director of Bombay Natural History Society and author of many books and research papers on butterfly and wild flowers.[10]

No, we have never received any kind of support, in kind donation or additional funding from anywhere. 6 months ago, we have received a rapid grant HERE from WMF for the WLB part-I project. At the end of the project our budget slightly exceeded, the reason and description of which has been duly mentioned in the grant report HERE.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense:

  • Help of Wikimedia Social Networking team to announce/promote some of the best works during this project.

SWAG material requirement[edit]

Sl no. Item description Unit cost Nos. of Unit Total INR Total USD
1 Post cards 4 500 2,000 30.97
2 Badges 10 100 1,000 15.49
Total - - - 3,000 46.45

We have planned to sent 400 pcs Photo post Cards conveying and promoting about Wiki Loves Butterfly Project to be delivered to the participants of Wikimania 2017, through the selected Wikipedians of our user group of West Bengal for global outreach.

Expenses for Post-Monsoon, Monsoon, Winter and Pre-Monsoon Season for four (4) persons[edit]

Sl no. Item description Total Unit cost/season Nos. of Season Total INR Total USD
1 Train Fare (SL Class) Up and Down 3,408 4 13,632 211.09
2 Local Transportation by car and bus 6750 4 27,000 418.10
3 Permission for Entering the Reserve Forest 370 4 1,480 22.92
4 Guide 6000 4 24,000 371.64
5 Food and Accommodation 6068.25 4 24,273 375.87
6 Miscellaneous 1250 4 5,000 77.43
Total - - - 95,385 1476.89

Total Expenses (3,000+95,385)=98,385 INR (1523.34 USD)

  • 1 INR = 0.015 USD



  • excellent project, brought valuable conent and new users in first phase! Kritzolina (talk) 17:10, 18 April 2017 (UTC)
  • --Manojk (talk) 17:36, 18 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Endorsement: I do strongly support the second phase of this initiative. This has been one of the finest initiative I have ever seen around the off-Wiki initiatives in India. The work the WLB team is doing, is not an easy work. I am really happy to see the way they successfully completed the first phrase of the initiative. I do believe that the the second part will be much better.
    A suggestion: Please work more on multi-lingual article creation.
    Regards. -- Tito Dutta (talk) 18:10, 18 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Laboriously done. A good project indeed. Pinakpani (talk) 18:59, 18 April 2
  • Support Support - The first phase of WLB was a great combination of research, collaboration, field work and content creation and was executed with good co-ordination. The project lead is receptive and adaptive to inputs, suggestions and new ideas. There is no doubt it will bring more value to the knowledge of the subject in its second phase. Best wishes!! -- Bodhisattwa (talk) 16:01, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Reiterating what I've on numerous occasions previously said that it's definitely a bold and ambitious project by one of the most prolific Bengali wikimedians.

WLB has great potential and the team has already shown promising progress with the first iteration having being successfully gotten over with recently. Wishing User:Atudu and team the best! Mouryan (talk) 16:46, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

  • Endorsed Clerk endorsed. I do support this effort. Its an unique offline effort to enrich Wikipedia, commons and Wikispecies. Wishing a great success in second phase. Ferdous • 12:12, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support - There is no doubt to it was a very laborious job to successfully completed the part I of WLB project and i think it is a very good initiative to enrich more of Knowledge base. So i strongly support the part II. -- Tatocha (talk) 19:08, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support - Good progress in Ist part of this project. Now I am too inspired to take photo of Butterfly. Thanks to Anyanya

--Sumita Roy Dutta (talk) 16:30, 21 April 2017 (UTC)

  • Support Support All the best for your second season of WLB - Indrajit Das (Talk - Contribs) 12:15, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I personally love this project. I would like this to be replicated in other parts of the world as well. Satdeep Gill (talk) 07:55, 28 April 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Commons:Category:Images from Wiki Loves Butterfly is full of high-quality pictures which Wikipedia needed and which no one would have provided in the foreseeable future except for the Wiki Loves Butterfly team. This is a great project in itself, and also a model project for anyone else doing photo hunts. I like that the team documented their outcomes at Wiki Loves Butterfly and even made a logo which they posted in various places to promote photography collaborations in Wikimedia projects. The amount of money requested is modest for all that came from this. I hope to see more. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:54, 11 May 2017 (UTC)