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Prakiti Tirtha (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden),Kolkata[edit]

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Pre-monsoon Season (March to May)[edit]

Phase 1[edit]

Date[edit]

20th April,2016 (Wednesday)

Time and Duration[edit]

11:00am to 1:00pm (2 hours)

Volunteer involved[edit]

Ananya Mondal

Targeted goal[edit]

Total pictorial documentation of four life cycle stages of at least one species.

Brief report[edit]

Before moving to Jayanti and Lepchakha on 28th April,2016 for WLB project, Ananya Mondal of WLB team venchard today a preparatory photo shooting and observation of available butterfly species, their life cycle stages along with host plants and nectaring flowers at Prakiti Tirtha (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden).

The adult Lesser Grass Blue Zizina otis is collecting nectar from Indian Daisy[(Wedelia trilobata)] (কেশরাজ) found in Prakiti Tirtha (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden),Kolkata,West Bengal.

At 11am amidst scorching sun and sweltering heat, Ananya was cordially received by the researcher group of the butterfly laboratory of the said garden. After having some discussion on butterfly species and related topics etc, Ananya engaged herself in shooting the caterpillars of Tawny coster (হরিনছড়া) in the Passion Flower plant at their voracious meal with her DSLRs.

Then followed some snaps on pupa of Tawny coster at different stages. Subsequently the eggs of Tawny coster were captured. Due to high wind blowing it was rather difficult to shoot in macro mode; till she tried her level best. Among butterfly species 3 species were shot viz Tawny coster, Plains cupid (রুলকি) and Plain tiger (তামট) along with some host plants like Lantana camara (পুটুশ), Cycas revoluta etc. Finally the picture of dome used for butterfly culturing and raring from outside was shooted as photography is strictly prohibited inside the dome. She further shot the picture of the entrance of the butterfly garden and put an end to her day's shooting and observation.

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Target achieved[edit]

Despite adverse weather condition the day shooting succeeded in yielding the desired goal. Ananya captured the life cycle of the species Tawny coster(Acraea terpsicore) in all four stages. Apart from that she shot the nectaring of Tawny coster from yellow colour Lantana camara flowers.

Phase 2[edit]

Date[edit]

11th May, 2016 (Wednesday)

Ananya Mondal is showing a new user (Archisman Guha Roy) how to create an account in Wikipedia.Prakiti Tirtha (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden),Kolkata
Time and Duration[edit]

10:30am to 12:00pm

Volunteer involved[edit]
  • Sandip Das
  • Ananya Mondal
  • Archisman Guha Roy
Targeted goal[edit]

The targeted goal of this second phase visit to the butterfly garden is to undergo photo shooting and documentation of more butterfly related activities. Field study of host plants is also in consideration.

Brief report[edit]

On 11th May Archisman Guha Roy of WLB team went to Kolkata's biggest Eco Park, Prakiti Tirtha (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden) near sector V to do some photography and collect knowledge about butterflies with Sandip Das and Ananya Mondal. He has heard that Eco Park holds the most known species butterflies and moths of Kolkata and has a chest full of knowledge about butterflies and their family. Though it was above 42 degree, the team reached Eco Park around 10:30 am. Archisman have never been there so he was surprised to see such a big estate. It is well maintained. The team reached the butterfly laboratory where researcher team are presently researching about butterflies species and their relative topics.

There was a big dome made up with anti UV materials and was the breeding ground of butterflies. Photography was prohibited so the team followed the rules and just captured those beautiful pictures in their minds. Next the team went to the exhibition hall where they were taught about butterflies, their species and their body parts, their habitats and life circle. Archisman enjoyed the trip and captured some pretty pictures and gathered a lot of knowledge. Then Ananya taught him about Wikipedia and how to create an account and upload photos. Moreover Archisman had some field knowledge when Ananya spotted and showed him the mating to Tawny coster (হরিনছড়া) in the bush of Passiflora (ঝুমকোলতা). Next Sandip helped Archisman in spotting the egg of Common Emigrant (পায়রাচালি) in the upper surface of the Golden Shower Tree (অমলতাস) leaf. That day we had less photographic activities, but more field spotting for the knowledge development of Archisman.

Target achieved[edit]

The chief of the target achieved that day was the inclusion of a student, hardworking incumbent, Archisman Guha Roy in the WLB team, his registration in Wikipedia, motivating and inspiring his interest in butterfly related activities and documentation as well as in Wikipedia and subsequently his contribution. Apart from this outreach activity we spotted and shot egg of Emigrant, mating of Tawny Coster, study of host plants. That day much time was taken in Archisman registration, his visiting the dome and interpretation centre as part of his motivation and interest building etc. so we did not have much shooting.

Phase 3[edit]

Date[edit]

21st May,2016 (Saturday)

Time and Duration[edit]
Santanu Chandra is fixing the Camera when capturing the picture of Caterpillar.

3.00pm to 4:30pm (1.5 hours)

Volunteer involved[edit]
  • Ananya Mondal
  • Santanu Chandra
Targeted goal[edit]

Total pictorial documentation and study of host plants as well as feeding plants of various species of butterflies and moths.

Brief report[edit]

The team reached the venue at 3.00 pm and stared capturing the images of various plants.There was rain in the morning, which resulted friendly weather for capturing photographs.But due to frequent strong breeze, capturing butterflies were difficult at some time. However, the team managed to capture some species of butterflies.
The team first visited the dome and spoke to the support staffs about various topics. The staff helped the team to spot few species, shown some feeding plants along with two caterpillars.

Target achieved[edit]

The team spotted two caterpillars, a few insects along with many plants.

Phase 4[edit]

Plain Tiger (তামট) is collecting nectar from Lantana camara found in Prakiti Tirtha,Eco Park Butterfly Garden
Date[edit]

25th May,2016 (Wednesday)

Time and Duration[edit]

10:00 am to 11:50am

Volunteer involved[edit]

Sandip Das

Targeted goal[edit]

Total pictorial documentation of available species especially macro photographs.

Brief report[edit]

Sandip Das of WLB team moved to Prakiti Tirtha, Eco Park Butterfly Garden, Kolkata with an object to shooting some macro photographs regarding butterfly life cycle, behavioural activities, host plants etc. He started photo shooting at 10am and continued up to 11:50am. The documentation he had done includes the meal of leaves of the larvae or caterpillar of Tawny Coaster in plant, mating of Tawny coaster, close up shot of nectaring by Plain Tiger, some wild flowers of varied colours etc. He has documented the over matured dilapidated state of Plain Tiger with broken or torn wings. Due to extreme scorching heat butterfly activity were scarce in the garden and fewer number of species were noticed.

Target achieved[edit]

Target achieved on this day can be traced in the full close ups of plant eating of larva, close ups of mating of Tawny Coaster. such close ups will help in documenting the detailed physically aspects and texturous designs and formations of the item involved.

List of observed species in (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden),Kolkata (Pre-monsoon season)[edit]

Butterfly[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Acraea Acraea terpsicore Tawny coster (হরিনছড়া)
Chilades Chilades pandava Plains cupid (রুলকি)
Danaus Danaus chrysippus(Linnaeus) Plain Tiger (তামট)
Egg[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Acraea Acraea terpsicore Tawny coster (হরিনছড়া)
Catopsilia Catopsilia pomona(Fabricius) Common Emigrant (পায়রাচালি)
Larvae[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Acraea Acraea terpsicore Tawny coster (হরিনছড়া)
Pupae[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Acraea Acraea terpsicore Tawny coster (হরিনছড়া)
Wild flowers and Host plants[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Passiflora Passiflora foetida(L.) Passiflora (ঝুমকোলতা)
Lantana Lantana camara(L.) Lantana camara (পুটুশ)
Sphagneticola Wedelia trilobata(L.) Prusk Indian Daisy (কেশরাজ)

Monsoon Season (June to August)[edit]

Phase 1[edit]

Date[edit]

28th August 2016 to 31st August 2016

Time and Duration[edit]

11:50am to 5:30pm

Volunteer involved[edit]

Ananya Mondal

Targeted goal[edit]

Total pictorial documentation of available species especially macro photographs and data collection.

Brief report[edit]

On 28th August Ananya Mondal the leading personage of WLB team move to Prakiti Tirtha, Eco Park Butterfly Garden, Kolkata for Data collection. As well as visiting the Laboratory and Dome of the garden propelled by the members of Nature Mates-Nature Club who are our collaborative partners.

She visited the garden on 4 consecutive days engaging herself in diverse activities like photo shooting of some skippers, butterflies, leava and eggs. Side by side the study of host and nectaring plants was also in fashion. The researchers of different universities present their did her active support in the identification and the spotting process of the related doccuments.

Target achieved[edit]

List of observed species in (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden),Kolkata (Monsoon season)[edit]

Egg[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Tirumala Tirumala limniace(Cramer) Tirumala limniace (হিমলকুচি (প্রজাপতি)
Catopsilia Catopsilia pomona(Fabricius) Common Emigrant (পায়রাচালি)
Larva[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Pachliopta Pachliopta aristolochiae(Fabricius) Common Rose (আলতে)
Catopsilia Catopsilia pomona(Fabricius) Common Emigrant (পায়রাচালি)
Tirumala Tirumala limniace(Cramer) Tirumala limniace (হিমলকুচি (প্রজাপতি))
Pupa[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Pachliopta Pachliopta aristolochiae(Fabricius) Common Rose (আলতে)
Catopsilia Catopsilia pomona(Fabricius) Common Emigrant (পায়রাচালি)
Chilades Chilades pandava Plains cupid (রুলকি)

Post-Monsoon Season (September-November)[edit]

Phase 1[edit]

Date[edit]

8th September to 9th September 2016

Time and Duration[edit]

10:30am to 1:30 pm

Volunteer involved[edit]
  • Sandip Das
  • Arghyadeep Das
Targeted goal[edit]

Total pictorial documentation of available species especially macro photographs and data collection.

Brief report[edit]

Two members of WLB team, Arghyadeep Das and Sandip Das, on 8th Sept 2016 headed towards the Prakiti Tirtha, Eco Park Butterfly Garden, Kolkata for Data collection. Shooting started with fast and droadly flying Great Egg Fly. there was a male female pair of the said species flattering, skimmering and basking on the bushes of yellow Lantana. They further shot busking Lemon Pansy and Striped Tiger on some nectar plants, Blue Tiger nectering, Angled Castor and some other Skippers which they couldnot identify on spot. Apart from these, the shots some caterpillars of moths and 3types of Dragon flies in Macro view.

Target achieved[edit]

List of observed species in (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden),Kolkata (Post-monsoon season)[edit]

Butterfly[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Ariadne Ariadne ariadne(Linnaeus) Angled Castor (কানমরচে (প্রজাপতি))
Egg[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Catopsilia Catopsilia pomona(Fabricius) Common Emigrant (পায়রাচালি)
Larva[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Pupa[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name

Project in Banabitan (Central Park), Kolkata[edit]

Entrance of Central Park Kolkata Butterfly Garden WLB DSC 0941.jpg

Pre-monsoon Season (March to May)[edit]

Phase 1[edit]

Date[edit]

29th May 2016 (Sunday)

WLB team participated in a event called Nature Lovers Meet

Time and Duration[edit]

Volunteer involved[edit]

  • Santanu Chandra
  • Tapas Deb
  • Ananya Mondal
  • Sandip Das
  • Arghyadeep Das
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Targeted goal[edit]

Brief report[edit]

On 29th May Wiki loves butterfly team gathered to Bonobitan, Saltlake Kolkata to be a part of the Nature Lovers Meet organized by honorable Arjan Basu Roy of Nature Mates-Nature Club. The members of WLB reached on Bonobitan at 7.30 am to started searching for butterfly host plants etc. at the herbal plants portion of the garden.

Then at 8 am Mr. A. B. Roy along with others started discussion regarding wildlife conservation after a short introduction of the participants present. While the discussion was going on the organizer of WLB team Ananya Mondal decided that she along with Santanu Chandra and Arghyadeep Das of WLB team will take part in the discussion while other two members Sandip Das and Tapas Deb shall go on photographic search of butterfly and butterfly related things in the said garden. In that time they are also found some unknown named wild flowers.

Hence, they are first shoot the pictures of the strand made with pictures and information about butterfly in the garden. Then they move to the other part of the garden and shoot the nectarine from yellow coloured flower, some butterfly host plants planted in the garden.They also found a red spotted and black fringed white moth Crotalaria Moth (Utetheisa lotrix) nectarine from flower. Due to sweltering heat and scorching condition butterfly sighting was fewer on that day.

WLB team participated in a event organised by SundayWatch, a nature lovers' forum who along with bird watching help conservation works with other similar nature lover groups like Nature Mates, Prakiti Sangsad etc. The team had a discussion with the lead person Mr.Shubhankar Patra regarding the different aspects and policies of Wikipedia.There is a possibility for inclusion of these special interest group into Wikipedia movement locally.

Chintamoni Kar Bird Sanctuary (CKBS), Kolkata[edit]

Date[edit]

Time and Duration[edit]

Volunteer involved[edit]

  • Sandip Das
  • Arghyadeep Das
  • Ananya Mondal

Targeted goal[edit]

Brief report[edit]

A visit on 17th April 2017 to CKBS in Narendrapur, West Bengal by two members of WLB team, Sandip Das and Arghyadeep Das serves as the certain raiser of WLB project Part-II. This small patch of forest maintained by the Forest Department of the Govt. of West Bengal is habitat of many birds reptiles, butterflies band insects etc. We looked for species through the narrow forest lanes amidst the incessant bites of jungle mosquitoes. Our application of Odomos cream on the body gave us a little respite. We were very happy to spot an Indian Red eye, a very interesting species of butterfly. We shot that in two positions. Next we caught sight of another interesting one called Monkey Puzzle which made us to run a lot from one place to another. They are swift fliers. After half an hour we succeeded in capturing it through lens at a suitable position. Yumfly we shot next and waited a long spell for its open wing posture in vain. The other species shot were common palmfly, common crow, common four ring etc, two unidentified species of Lycinidea family, some birds, some interesting moths, bugs etc. At 1p.m. after 3 and a half hour of shooting fully wet in perspiration due to sweating heat we left the bird sanctuary and made was back home.

Target achieved[edit]

Jayanti and Lepchakha, Alipurduar[edit]

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Pre-Monsoon Season (March to May)[edit]

Phase 1[edit]

Date[edit]

29th April,2016 (Friday) to 1st May,2016

Volunteer involved[edit]
  • Ananya Mondal
  • Santanu Chandra
  • Sandip Das
  • Arghyadeep Das
  • Tamaghna Sengupta
Targeted goal[edit]

Total pictorial documentation of the available seasonal species and variety of butterflies along with their behavioural pattern like like mud-puddling, basking, collection of nectar,Hill-topping,Ovipositor,mimicry and their habitats and host plants.

Day 1[edit]
Brief report[edit]

Our WLB team of four reached the New Alipurduar Station at 7.00 a.m. We were received at the station by Tamaghna Sengupta , an experienced butterfly photographer from Alipurduar itself. Before reaching New Alipurduar Station Ananya Mondal of the WLB team rang renowned butterfly expert and researcher, Tarun Karmakar of National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) residing in Alipurduar and we came to know that he was leaving for Arunachal Pradesh for data collection on butterfly on that very day. His train was to leave from that station, so we fortunately met him thereon and had a conversation. He informed us about the various projects he is working on. We bade him goodbye and set off for Jayanti at 8.45 a.m. sharp. We passed through the Rajabhatkhawa check post and entered the Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR). We waited for Tamaghna Sengupta at a point where there is a Temple and a watch tower. We went to the top of the watch tower to have a 360 degree view of the Forest. According to experts the temple area is frequented by wild animals like Indian Gaur, Elephants, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Sambhar Deer, Chital and the Majestic Indian Leopard. Luck wasn’t on our side and so, we couldn’t spot any such animal but we succeeded in spotting a Signature Spider and four species of butterfly like Striped Blue Crow (কাওয়া ছড়ি), Punchinello (পুঞ্চিনেল্লো),. After 30 minutes, after meeting with Tamaghna Sengupta, we started off for Jayanti.

Weak makeshift bridge passing over waterfall
The WLB team with Guide Ramchandra Sha in the Gypsy, on the way of Mahakal
Dangerous down climb through half broken bamboo ladder by Ananya Mondal, Arghyadeep Das and Tamaghna Sengupta over the rushing torrent of Jayanti river
Dobana (A local Bhutanese term For the Confluence of the Rivers Katlum and Sachipu)

Tamaghna had already arranged a beautiful lodge, spacious enough for four of us. We dumped our luggage in our room and set out for Butterflying. We had our breakfast on our way and then had a Gypsy waiting to pick us up from the breakfast stall. We had Ramchandra Sha as our Guide registered under the West Bengal Eco Tourism Department. We started for Butterflying at 11.00 a.m. On our way, we spotted some wader birds and even spotted a Lapwing chick. We reached the Chota Mahakal Pilgrimage point at 11.30a.m. This was the farthest our Gypsy would be able to go. We took our backpacks and photography equipments and started our quest towards the Dobana (A local Bhutanese term For the Confluence of the Rivers Katlum and Sachipu) led by Tamaghna Sengupta and Ramchandra Shah. We went upstream the Jayanti River through the same stony path used by the Mahakal Pilgrims during the Shivratri.


As we moved up, the terrain got tougher and tougher and our speed slower. We had to cross the stream many times. While trekking, Arghyadeep Das of the WLB team, who is also an avid bird lover, spotted a Black eagle (কালো ঈগল), which is considered to be rare in this season. We saw Common Albatross, Autumn Leaf and various Tits muddling. A point came where we had to cross a waterfall through a half broken and quaking bamboo makeshift bridge actually built for the pilgrims of Mahakal. We came across an old stall in ruins where we spotted some Tits and Ceruleans. We didn’t waste much time there and continued our trek towards Dobana. Our real challenge came when we had to clamber and climb up a steep half broken wooden ladder. After that, the terrain was a lot easier and we increased our pace. For the next kilometre or so, we had no such special sightings while crossing the river very carefully around 6-8 times. Just before the Dobana, we again spotted the Orange tip, Fluffy Tit (নীলতুঙ্গি), Common Yeoman, Popin jay (মণিমালা) etc. We also documented three unidentified caterpillars. We moved up and after five minutes of walking reached our destination, the Dobana. The place is a heaven for nature lovers with crystal clear water running through the streams and the melodious songs of the Blue whistling thrush and the chiming sound of Cicada made the place an inexplicable dream land. Dobana,as suggested by Tamaghna Sengupta, Tarun Karmakar and Arjan Basu Roy is a Butterfly lover’s paradise. We spotted many new species there and the butterfly count was far greater than what we had seen before. We saw glimpses of what we were about to witness at the Dobana. New species like the Red spotted sawtooth,Orange Oakleaf(Kallima inachus)etc. We spent about 2 hours photographing and watching Mud-puddling.

Cicada sound found in Dobana, Buxa Tiger Reserve

Ramchandra Sha also helped us spot the Crested kingfisher(ঝুঁটিত্তয়ালা মাছরাঙা) native to the Himalayan Streams. It was around 2.30p.m. we decided to head back to our Gypsy. We had a bit troublesome getting down climbs through several wood-log ladders and mossy and slippery stony surfaces. It took us about 1 hour to climb all the way down to our destination with intermediates halts for shooting butterflies. While heading back to our lodge, in the Jayanti River bed we spotted a Crested serpent eagle, a resident to the forests of Jayanti and Buxa. We reached our lodge at 4:30 pm and had our lunch. Since it was quite late to start anything new, we decided to take rest and see through the photographs in laptop along with tallying and categorising the received specimens with the help of relevant books. After dinner, we had some further discussion and went through our next day’s hectic schedule and went off to sleep with the hope of finding more and more species on the following day.

Day 2[edit]
Brief report[edit]
WLB Team is shooting mud puddling of butterflies with lenses of different focal length in Dobana, Buxa Tiger Reserve

We woke up early in the morning as the sunlight was kissing the earth. Our first destination was the Jayanti river bed. Morning on the river bed is a treat for the eyes. One could see lapwings, plovers and wagtails roaming freely in search of food. We saw 5 great hornbills flying above us. At 8 a.m. sharp, we decided to have our breakfast before we begin our journey towards the Dobana once again with Tamaghna Sengupta and our guide Ramchandra sha. We started at 9 a.m. and reached the Chhota Mahakal at 9.30 a.m. or so. We took our bags and equipments and headed upstream. While going up, we noticed some new species like Chained Swordtail, Common Nawab, and Tawny Raja etc which filled us with a lot of excitement about the things that were to come. We continued our trek and reached the waterfall near the Mahakal entry gate. We noticed that the water level was higher than the previous day. We climbed the old ladders and after nearly an hour of hard trek, we finally reached our destination. When we reached there,we were left speechless- hundreds of butterflies, small and big mud puddling beside a boulder! We got down to photograph the wonders of the little world. We spotted new species like Fivebar Swordtail, Chain Swordtail, Yellow Rajah, Red Base Jezebel, Bright Sunbeam, Lesser Gull, Blue Imperial etc. We got as close as we could get to photograph them. We were filled with a strange happiness as we were watching those beautiful creatures playing and puddling together.


We stayed there for 4 hours or so and Tamaghna Sengupta informed us that it was time for us to leave because he had a bus to catch and it was his only way home. So,we headed down towards where our vehicle was parked. We reached our hotel by 3 p.m. and had our lunch. Tamaghna Sengupta bade us goodbye and went back to Alipurduar. We returned to our lodge and it marked the end of our butterflying in Jayanti. Specially maintainable, on our way back to lodge, we succeeded in spotting and capturing a Hoary-bellied Squirrel eating the Sugar Apple (Annona squamosa)in the upper branch of the tree.Having entered the lodge we first refreshed us and become prepared for our subsequent photo loading in laptop, identifying and categorising and similar business. but all of a sudden strong gale started blowing and within a few minutes cyclonic wind broke out associate by lashing hail storm. As a result and as per the regulation of Jayanti the power supply was immediately snapped off by the concerned authority to prevent the innocent wildlife from being electrified which had previous pathetic report. Hence our Subsequent activities were to be put off because of power cut and we engrossed ourselves in the happy recollections of the event full day.

Day 3[edit]
Brief report[edit]

The several lashing hail-storm of the previous night at Jayanti presented a cool and complainant morning for the WLB team to set off for Santalabari (11Km away) by Gypsy car and then to undergo a 5 and a half Km. trek to Lepchakha via Buxa Fort (2,844 ft). The hailstorm and strong gale and the resultant overnight power cut posed a problem for us as we could not charge our camera batteries anymore and had to stand for the next location with half or less charged batteries. However, we managed the same with an instant planning i.e, we would shoot photographs precisely and use our cameras in rotation method for shooting. The plan worked and we succeeded in continuing our photo shooting operation till we reached Alipurduar on next day afternoon. Lepchakha's solar based insufficient electric supply put no question of battery charging.

Purple Sapphire (আরুন)

After breakfast at Jayanti at 9:00am we rode the gypsey for Santalabari, but unfortunately the car faced severe mechanical failure near the Grace Assembly of God Church of 28 Basti two and a half kilometer away from Santalabari. Hence, we had to trek the remaining path to Santalabari with our ruck sacks. After a refreshing cup of tea and having done with the requisit formalities of permission and guide booking at Santalabari,we started our upclimb journey to Lepchakha hill top via Buxa Fort. The trek was of moderate level with almost favourable gradient all through excepting steeper upclimb at a few places. We had to move very slowly because of constant photo documentation and observation of specially available species of butterflies and side by side of moths,other insects, reptiles and wild flowers and host plants of butterfly. Our guide in this route Suhel Chhetri was one connected with birding and with his help we shoot some birds as well.

One thing is specially mentionable at this point that the hilly way towards Lepchakha customarily produced fewer number of butterflies because of the height and the massive rainfall,hailstorm and strong gale of the previous night made the scope of their sighting more fewer. Still our combing search in the thickets and plants of the forest by the sides of the hilly path helped us in spotting and photographing 6 to 8 species of butterfly during our up and down journey of the Santalabari.

Midway, we reached a resting spot under a huge tree shade where we were caught in attention by the continuous sound of dropping of very small black round particles on the accumulation of dried up leaves. On further notice, we were taken aback to find that the entire huge tree hosted thousands and thousands of Caterpillars of almost same types who were shaking and dangling the lower parts of the body in funny gesture and dropping a continuous shower of their stool granulates. We did not get into Buxa Fort that day and left it for the next day while trekking downwards.

The WLB Team in Lepchakha
Drupka family found in Lepchakha

About half a kilometer before reaching Lepchakha hill top the bird's eye view of river Jayanti(at left) and river Bala(at right) fascinated our eyes and pictures were taken. The hilltop of Lepchakha was the spot of our lodge which presented an almost 360 degree view point. The place was strikingly picturesque inhabited by Drupka community people, a totally tranquil world with solar electricity.

We reached at 3:00pm,had our refreshing bath and lunch and rested on the green lawn of the lodge. Laptop being chargeless, camera batteries unhealthy and the team members tired of journey; we had no routined photo loading, categorizing, identifying of special work in progress.

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List of observed species in Jayanti and Lepchakha (Pre-monsoon season)[edit]
Butterfly[edit]
Mud puddling of different species of butterflies found in Dobana, Buxa Tiger Reserve
Mud puddling of Common Windmill (পংখিল) found in Jayanti river bed, Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Pallid nawab (শালি তুরান) found in Dobana, Buxa Tiger Reserve
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Pachliopta Pachiopta aristolochiae(Fibricius) Common Rose (আলতে)
Papilio Papilio helenus(Linnaeus) Red Helen (চান্দা)
Papilio Papilio nephelus(Boisduval) Yellow Helen (ফিক চান্দা)
Graphium Graphium agamemnon(Linnaeus) Tailed Jay (চইতক)
Graphium Graphium sarpedon(Fruhstorfer) Common Bluebottle (তুঁতচিল)
Graphium Graphium cloanthus(Westwood) Glassy Bluebottle (জলপান্না)
Graphium Graphium aristeus(Stoll) Chain Swordtail (কাটিবল্গা)
Graphium Graphium antiphates(Cramer) Five-bar Swordtail (সোনা খাঞ্জার)
Papilio Papilio polymnestor(Cramer) Blue Mormon (বরুনপাখা)
Papilio Papilio polytes(Linnaeus) Common Mormon (কালিম)
Papilio Papilio paris (Linnaeus) Paris Peacock (তিতিমোউরাল)
Doleschallia Doleschallia bisaltide(Cramer) Autumn Leaf (ছাঁচনপাত্তি)
Euploea Euploea core(Cramer) Common Crow (কাওয়া)
Appias Appias lyncida(Boisduval) Chocolate Albatross (খয়রিকাপাস)
Appias Appias libythea(Fibricus) Striped Albatross (ধুলকাপাস)
Ixias Ixias pyrene(Linnaeus) Yellow Orange-tip (আলকুসুম)
Hebomoia Hebomoia glaucippe(Linnaeus) Great Orange-tip (ধুলামনজি)
Delias Delias aglaia(Linnaeus) Redbase Jezebel (লোপামুদ্রা)
Eurema Eurema hecabe(Linnaeus) Common Grass Yellow (হলুদ (প্রজাপতি))
Cepora Cepora nerissa(Fabricius) Common Gull (কুচিলা(প্রজাপতি))
Polyura Charaxes arja (C. Felder & R. Felder) Pallid nawab (শালি তুরান)
Charaxes Charaxes bernardus(Fabricius) Tawny Rajah (হিংগলবাজ)
Charaxes Charaxes marmax (Westwood) Yellow Rajah (পরানবাজ)
Heliophorus Heliophorus epicles(Fruhstorfer) Purple Sapphire (অারুন)
Abisara Abisara fylla(Doubleday) Dark Judy (কোকেয়ারা])
Curetis Curetis thetis(Moore) Indian Sunbeam (ঝিনুকপলাশ)
Junonia Junonia Orithya Blue Pansy (টুয়া)
Junonia Junonia hierta Yellow Pansy (রয়াল)
Junonia Junonia atlites Grey pansy (চাঁদনরি)
Phalanta Phalanta phalantha(Drury) Common Leopard (হলুদ চিতা)
Stibochiona Stibochiona nicea Popinjay (মণিমালা)
Byasa Byasa polyeuctes (Doubleday) Common Windmill (পংখিল)
Seseria Seseria dohertyi(Watson) Himalayan Snow Flat (ধলভিরিংগি)
Cyrestis Cyrestis thyodamas(Boisduval) Common Map (কাগজি)
Prioneris Prioneris thestylis(Doubleday) Spotted Sawtooth (কাংসা)
Parasarpa Parasarpa dudu(Doubleday) White Commodore (কুনকুম করঞ্জিয়া)
Ancema Ancema blanka(de Nicéville) Silver Royal (সাদা লোচন)
Neptis Neptis zaida(Doubleday) Pale Green Sailer
Vagrans Vagrans egista(Cramer) Vagrant (দাহার)
Cirrochroa Cirrochroa aoris(Doubleday) Large Yeoman (পাল্লারাখি)
Zemeros Zemeros flegyas(Guerin) Punchinello(পুঞ্চিনেল্লো)
Mimathyma Mimathyma ambica(Kollar) Indian Purple Emperor (কাশ বাজরাল)
Vanessa Vanessa indica(Herbst) Indian Red Admiral (লালতিখড়া)
Pupae[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Wild flowers[edit]
Christmas Candle (রাংচিতা) found in Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Stick-Bush Glory tree (শতবেলী) found in Buxa Tiger Reserve.
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Ageratum Ageratum houstonianum(Mill) Common floss flower (আসামলতা)
Volkameria Clerodendrum inerme (L.) Gaertn Common Hedge Bower (বনজুঁই)
Bidens Bidens pilosa L. Beggar's Tick (ঝাঁটাকাঠি)
Tridax Tridax procumbensL. Coat Buttons (ত্রিধারা)
Rauvolfia Rauvolfia serpentina(L.) Benth. Indian snakeroot (সর্পগন্ধা )
Melastoma Melastoma malabathricum(L.) Indian rhododendron (দাঁতরাঙা)
Heliotropium Heliotropium indicum(L.) Indian turnsole (হাতিশুঁড়)
Euphorbia Euphorbia tithymaloides(L.) Christmas Candle (রাংচিতা)
Commelina Commelina communis (L.) Asiatic dayflower (চিত্রপত্রী)
Clerodendrum Clerodendrum fragrans (L.) Stick-Bush Glory tree (শতবেলী)
Moths[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Spider[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Argiope Argiope anusuja (Thorell) Signature Spider
Insects[edit]
Mating of Firebug found in the Jayanti river bed, Buxa Tiger Reserve
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Pyrrhocoris Pyrrhocoris apterus(Linnaeus) Firebug
Lizards[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Calotes Calotes versicolor(Daudin) Oriental garden lizard
Birds[edit]
Crested serpent eagle found in Jayanti river bed.
A chick of River lapwing found in Jayanti river bed, Buxa Tiger Reserve, West Bengal,India
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Ictinaetus Ictinaetus malaiensis(Temminck) Black eagle
Spilornis Spilornis cheela(Latham) Crested serpent eagle
Lanius Lanius meridionalis(Temminck) Southern grey shrike
Pericrocotus Pericrocotus speciosus(Latham) Scarlet minivet
Charadrius Charadrius dubius(Scopoli) Little ringed plover
Vanellus Vanellus duvaucelii(Lesson) River lapwing
Vanellus Vanellus indicus(Boddaert) Red-wattled lapwing
Dicaeum Dicaeum erythrorhynchos(Latham) Pale-billed flowerpecker (মেটেঠোঁট ফুলঝুরি)
Megaceryle Megaceryle lugubris (Temminck) Crested kingfisher (ঝুঁটিত্তয়ালা মাছরাঙা)
Cinclus Cinclus pallasii (Temminck) Brown Dipper
Lanius Lanius schach(Linnaeus) Long-tailed shrike
Nisaetus Nisaetus nipalensis(Hodgson) Mountain hawk-eagle (পাহাড়ি বাজ)
Motacilla Motacilla maderaspatensis(Gmelin) White-browed wagtail (সাদা-ভুরু খঞ্জন
Psilopogon Psilopogon lineatus(Vieillot) Lineated barbet
Squirrel[edit]
Hoary-bellied Himalayan Squirrel eating the Sugar Apple,found in Jayanti village.
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Ratufa Ratufa bicolor(Sparrman) Malayan giant squirrel
Callosciurus Callosciurus pygerythus Hoary-bellied Himalayan Squirrel(বাদামি কাঠবিড়ালি)
Target achieved[edit]

We have captured a good many butterfly species of which we have succeeded in identifying properly 52 species. Among the behavioural pattern Mud-puddling we have seen at many places by the river bed fairly with large accumulation of many species (specially Pieridae) of butterflies. We have seen and captured through lens butterflies busking on plants as well as on boulders by the river bed. Observation and photo documentation of nectar collection had been done. We closely observed the habitats and host plants of different species along with caterpillar and pupae and photographed the same. Unfavorable weather condition and rain unfortunately snapped our scopes of working on total life cycle and further behavioural activities.

Due to inclement weather condition on some occasions, when butterfly and their activities became scarce,we indulged ourselves in shooting available birds,insects,mammals reptiles, wild flowers of the location. This we did in order to keep flowering and sharpening our photographic urge and skill during the butterfly lag periods. Thus we succeeded in capturing some interesting characters in the world of flora and fauna. Again whenever weather condition improved, we plunged into voracious butterfly spotting and documentation.

Another target achieved in this project is that Tamaghna Sengupta, a young butterfly expert of Alipurduar who guided us all through the project, has registered himself in Wikipedia and is presently working as volunteer involvement in our WLB project.

Post Event Blogs etc[edit]

Phase 2[edit]

Date[edit]

14th March,2017 to 21st March,2017

Volunteer involved[edit]
  • Ananya Mondal
  • Sandip Das
  • Arghyadeep Das
  • Tamaghna Sengupta
Targeted goal[edit]

Total pictorial documentation of the available seasonal species and variety of butterflies along with their behavioural pattern like like mud-puddling, basking, collection of nectar,Hill-topping,Ovipositor,mimicry and their habitats and host plants.

Day 1,2 and 3[edit]
Brief report[edit]
Day 4[edit]
Brief report[edit]

The 18th March-20th March WLB photo doccumentation project trip to Buxa Tiger Reserve, Jayanti, Rajabhatkhawa, Santalabari suffered an inclement weather challange from the very begining because of the untimely and unexpected spell of heavy and prolonged rain throughout West Bengal, India. As a result, butterfly population and activity have been highly affected in almost every butterfly hotspots. Subsequently we have encountered lesser number of specices and samples during the work span.

Target achieved[edit]

Monsoon Season (June to August)[edit]

Phase 1[edit]

Date[edit]

28th July 2016 to 1st August 2016

Time and Duration[edit]
Volunteer involved[edit]
  • Ananya Mondal
  • Sandip Das
  • Santanu Chandra
  • Tamaghna Sengupta
  • Tapas Deb
Targeted goal[edit]
Brief report[edit]

Day 1
In the second phase of WLB Jayanti the team initially planned for Jayanti. But due to heavy rainfall, Jayanti and Bala river bed was completely submerged and the local government proclaimed red alert in that area. The destination changed to Rajabhatkhawa after discussion with the local volunteer Tamaghna. The team reached Alipurdar at 5.00 AM by Saraighat Express. The weather was showery and it was pouring forcefully.By an previously arranged vehicle the team was transported to the Gracilipes Tourist Lodge near Rajabhatkhawa local market.
The owner of the lodge is a nature loving person and he beautified the lodge’s compound with various kinds of flowering plants, orchids and other species of plants. Many of those plants remain the nectar plants, host plants for different species of butterflies like Common Mormon, Orange Tip, Chestnut Bob, Common Pierrot, Grass Yellow, etc.

Natural Interpretation centre


The team visited Natural Interpretation centre at around 11.00 AM and remained there for 2:30 hrs. Photography was forbidden inside the centre. This centre is actually a museum and it is having a large collection of different kinds of stuffed mammals like Clouded leopard, Leopard, Barking deer, etc. Among birds there were the skins of Crested serpent eagle, Vultures and Python. The eggs of various birds were also preserved in the museum. Pug marks of male and female leopard were properly displayed in the museum. Diagram showing the measurements of foot of a cub maturing into an adult tiger was displayed.Elephant, Sambar deer, leopard foetus are preserved in formalin and displayed in another section. There was a large section of butterfly images displayed in the museum, which are documented from the Buxa Tiger Reserve area.
From the main road, the distance of Natural Interpretation centre is about 500 metre. Thick forest surrounds the centre and several varieties of species are obtainable in this area.
The team found a Spangle and a Yellow Helen on the way to Natural Interpretation centre. Both of the species were mud puddling and a spangle was basking.
There is an orchid centre beside the Natural Interpretation centre, unfortunately it is not accessible for public.
After concluding the data gathering for the first phase on the first day, team returned to the lodge.In the post lunch session around 4:30 PM, the team visited a river bed called Dima. The team captured photographs of different dragon flies and beetles. Weather was cloudy, henceforth there was no butterflies located in the region. There was a caterpillar traced in an Indian plum tree.
A false tiger moth and a grasshopper found In the late night inside the lodge.
Day 2
The day started a bit late due to overnight exhaustion of all the team members. It was a decent morning and the team visited neighbouring areas of the lodge in search of some species. There was a Lady bug spotted in that area.
After breakfast, the team moved to Masankhola, which is about 18 kilometres from Rajabhatkhawa. By a prearranged vehicle the team progressed upto Santhalabari .Certain precious time of the team consumed to acquire another valuable item, i.e. the permission for entering Buxa Tiger reserve. The team was looking for the same guide who has been hired in the preceding phase and coincidentally the same person, Shibu Chettri was found there.
WLB Team had to trek about 3 km to reach Masankhola. The team along with Shibu commenced hiking uphill for about one kilometre. The rain started falling heavily in this time. From there, the team chose a downward trail. The local term KHOLA means brooks. The route was full of moss. Henceforth it remained slippery and the team had to take very careful steps.In this kind of rain forest, the risk of getting caught by a leech is very high.Inspite of all precautions, all of the team members were affected by it. There was a half broken wooden makeshift bridge over the stream. Due to the unremitting rain the water level of the jhora was rising and the team did not take the hazard to halt there for a long time.
The team found various species of leech along with a caterpillar of moth.There were two species of butterflies found in the region. Among them one is Black prince and the other is Yellow rajah. After staying there for about 4 hrs, the team started returning to Santhalkhola. While returning from Santhalkhola in a hired vehicle the team spotted some peacock and peahen and a deer, but could not capture their photograph.

List of observed species in Jayanti and Lepchakha (monsoon season)[edit]
Butterfly[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Rohana Rohana parisatis Black Prince (কালি পাংখা)
Papilio Papilio protenor(Cramer) Spangle (নীলাঞ্জির)
Papilio Papilio polytes(Linnaeus) Common Mormon (কালিম)
Larvae[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Papilio Papilio polytes(Linnaeus) Common Mormon (কালিম
Moth[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Dysphania Dysphania militaris(Linnaeus) Dysphania militaris (ডিসফানিয়া মিলিটারিস)
Actias Actias selene(Hübner) Indian Luna Moth
Target achieved[edit]

Post-Monsoon Season (September to November)[edit]

Phase 1[edit]

Date[edit]

2nd November 2016 to 5th November

Time and Duration[edit]

Volunteer involved[edit]

  • Ananya Mondal
  • Sandip Das
  • Tamaghna Sengupta
  • Biplab Sarkar

Targeted goal[edit]

Brief report[edit]

Day 1[edit]

New joined Wikipedia and WLB team. Inspired by my known Ananya Mondal and Sandip Das and WLB project. I first time go to picture butterfly in Jayanti. After nice go through the forest road by car, we first stopped at the watch tower. There I pictured a yellow butterfly and my two mates pictured some more. Then we reach Jayanti around 8:30am, eat on breakfast and our guide Ramchandra Sha and local butterfly expart Tamaghna Sengupta took us inside the forest area. We walk through a dry nala and got many butterflies of different types. We also go through many channels of the dense forest area and saw the foot marks of barking deer, leopard, elefant etc. we picture butterfly for a long time and get nice adventure of jungle, we got out of the forest at 3:30p.m and come to our eating place. We eat and go back to our homestay. Total evening we upload the pictures of our cameras in a laptop. We see the pictures, identify them with books and make a list of the types we got. In total, we get 20 types of butterfly, some birds pictures on the first day. We eat our food early and go to bed at 9:30pm.

Day 2[edit]

The first day at Jayanti in this session remained highly productive as we succeeded in shooting a good number of new species or sub-species not snapped so far in our WLB project. The on feet movement through the narrow jungle trails and nalahs ( a narrow water passing channel in the forest remaining dry by this time) put the thrill to inexplicable height and maiden visit of male Red Lacewing or female Cruiser set the stage for us. The new species include- Red Lacewing, Cruiser, Common Gem, Double banded Crow etc.

The morning on day 2 dawned as a model brilliance. Our scheduled route that day was the Jayanti river banks and river bed upto Chhoto Mahakal as the onward route which we covered during phase 1 of WLB project (Pre-Monsoon season) remains fully submerged under waist deep or more water and thus truly inaccessible. We started at 9a.m sharp with our guide and local associate Tamaghna Sengupta transported by a car and at 9:20a.m we were on our wing chasing our coveted winged creatures. We crossed and plodded through the knee deep rockey river channels. We shot a good number of new and old species in open wing and close wing postures, in flight, while nectering and mudpuddling. On day 2 we got some new species like Great Mormon, Red spotted sawtooth, Orange oakleaf and so on. We were also searching for courtship moments of butterfly during in flight and we succeeded in snapping some including the courtship of Common Birdwing; one of the largest butterflies found in our West Bengal as well as in our country. We also observed and photographed some caterpillars amidst the sideways bushes on the banks. We shoot untill 4p.m and when the light become scanty we moved towards the can waiting for us. Back to home-stay, we loaded the photographs in laptop and started our long identification process including male female determination.

Day 3[edit]

In spite of good many finding on the 3rd day; the day remained striking special not for Lepidoptera; but for Leopard. We were very close to comfort leopards with a kill- though unfortunately; or fortunately we could not photograph them due to the denser and clumsier forest surroundings and high thicket of bush between us. It was around 12:30p.m when we were moving through narrow nalahs and jungle trails in quest of newer species. The place was totally shaded in spite of the strong brazen sum overhead; dense interior of forest and very cool and complacent except the occasional sound of Barking deer and different birds and the frequent shrill cry of Cicada. Such shady haunt in forest are preferred zone for Skippers species of butterfly and we stuck well on the harp as we got already some rare skippers. All of a sudden we were alarmed by a very rotten smell which increased at every step. Our guide Ramchandra informed us that must be the rotten left out of barking deer or other kill. In a minute, I find him stantled with a hushed growling sound followed by the dragging something heavy on dried leaves in the bush within 30-40ft from us. The guide whispered us to stay quiet and climbed a small tree branch. Getting down he informed us the presence of 2 grown up leopards dragging a left out of a barking deer very close to us screened by a dense thicket of bust. Anxiety, thrill, tension excitement all amounted to the highest height. I proposed whether we should have an attempt to shoot photographs from any suitable position or not. He warned us that might be dangerous with two grownups specially when with kill and we should better leave the place. As per his advice, we reseeded through a trail to go to another part of the forest where we shot the fresh pug marks of leopards.

Next we reached a wet place in a nalah and found a number of butterflies mud puddling in sun and shade. We shot Pallied Nawab, Red spot Sawtooth, Parish peacock, Red base Jezeble and Red breast Jezeble and many others. At about 3p.m we came out of the forest to river bed of Jayanti in the right hand side of Pamse peak, the height peak of Jayanti hills. At the fridge of the jungle, we succeeded in shooting Tiger Hopper, a very special and rare one among the skippers group. Our pleasure kew no bound. When we shot the open wing posture of Purple sapphire and Punchinello; two very small butterfly. We first shot them in April’16 in closed wing posture and got them plenty of things later on; but never in open wing position. This is the strong romanticism of butterfly photographing that someone shoots the closed wing position of a butterfly and has to wait event 3-4 years even get its open wing shot. That day we further shot some rare skippers in open and close wing along with the wild flowers they like to subside upon and nectar on. Back to home stay we prepared a list of the butterflies whose open or close wings have not been achieved during our previous days of shooting since April’16. We planned that might that next half day ( our train was due on 4p.m) we will work in 2 teams and with 2 lists-one will look for open wings and the other closed wing as per the list. That might we all defiantly dreamed of Leopards.

List of observed species in Jayanti and Lepchakha (Post-Monsoon season)[edit]
Butterfly[edit]
Genus Binominal Name Common Name
Vagrans Vagrans egista(Cramer) Vagrant (দাহার)
Cirrochroa Cirrochroa aoris(Doubleday) Large Yeoman (পাল্লারাখি)
Zemeros Zemeros flegyas(Guerin) Punchinello(পুঞ্চিনেল্লো)
Papilio Papilio polytes(Linnaeus) Common Mormon (কালিম)
Tirumala Tirumala septentrionis(Butler) Dark Blue Tiger
Tanaecia Tanaecia lepidea(Butler) Grey Count
Euploea Euploea sylvester(Fabricius) Double Branded Crow (দুক্কি কাওয়া)
Cethosia Cethosia biblis(Drury) Red Lacewing (আঁকন)
Troides Troides helena(Linnaeus) Common Birdwing (সোনাল
Junonia Junonia atlites Grey pansy (চাঁদনরি)
Delias Delias descombesi(Boisduval) Redspot Jezebel
Zeltus Zeltus amasa(Hewitson) Fluffy Tit (নীলতুংগি)
Poritia Poritia hewitsoni(Moore) Common Gem (ঝিলম)
Lasippa Lasippa viraja(Moore) Yellowjack Sailer
Vindula Vindula erota(Fabricius) Cruiser (ঝাঁকপাল্লা)
Elymnias Elymnias vasudeva(Moore) Jezebel Palmfly (জরিনা খয়ের)
Rapala Rapala pheretima(Hewitson) Copper Flash (তামা রিমলি)
Melanitis Melanitis leda(Linnaeus) Common Evening Brown (সাঁঝলা)
Tanaecia Tanaecia jahnu(Moore) Plain Earl (ছেঁউন সুর্মা)
Iambrix Iambrix salsala(Moore) Chestnut Bob (পিপলাই)
Hypolycaena Hypolycaena erylus(Godart) Common Tit
Spindasis Spindasis vulcanus(Fabricius) Common Silverline (রুপাপাতিয়া)
Doleschallia Doleschallia bisaltide(Cramer) Autumn Leaf (ছাঁচনপাত্তি)
Gerosis Gerosis phisara(Moore) Dusky Yellow-breast Flat আরা পাইকান
Castalius Castalius rosimon(Fabricius) Common Pierrot (তিলাইয়া (প্রজাপতি))
Papilio Papilio protenor(Cramer) Spangle (নীলাঞ্জির)
Spindasis Spindasis syama(Horsfield) Club Silverline
Graphium Graphium sarpedon(Linnaeus) Common Bluebottle (তুঁতচিল)
Gandaca Gandaca harina(Horsfield) Tree Yellow
Delias Delias aglaia(Linnaeus) Redbase Jezebel (লোপামুদ্রা)
Euthalia Euthalia phemius(Doubleday) White-edged blue Baron (তুঁতভুশন্ডা)
Kallima Kallima inachus(Doyère) Orange oak leaf (নারাংপাত্তি)
Cyrestis Cyrestis thyodamas(Boisduval) Common Map (কাগজি)
Polyura Polyura athamas(Drury) Common Nawab
Hestinalis Hestinalis nama(Doubleday) Circe (কুশ)
Abisara Abisara bifasciata(Moore) Double-banded Judy (সুরতি লালসং)
Arhopala Arhopala centaurus(Fabricius) Centaur Oakblue
Polyura Charaxes arja (C. Felder & R. Felder) Pallid nawab (শালি তুরান)
Prioneris Prioneris thestylis(Doubleday) Spotted Sawtooth (কাংসা)
Graphium Graphium cloanthus(Westwood) Glassy Bluebottle (জলপান্না)
Hebomoia Hebomoia glaucippe(Linnaeus) Great Orange Tip
[[:en: Great Mormon
Euploea Euploea mulciber(Cramer) Striped Blue Crow
Prioneris Prioneris thestylis(Doubleday) Spotted Sawtooth
Ypthima Ypthima baldus(Fabricius) Common Five Ring
[[:en: Banded Tree Brown
Cethosia Cethosia cyane(Drury) Leopard Lacewing
Tagiades Tagiades gana(Moore) Suffused Snow Flat
Cheritra Cheritra freja(Fabricius) Common Imperial (ফিতেফুলকি)
Charaxes Charaxes marmax (Westwood) Yellow Rajah (পরানবাজ)
Ochus Ochus subvittatus(Moore) Tiger Hopper (টাইগার হপ্পার)
Tagiades Tagiades japetus(Stoll) Common Snow Flat
Loxura Loxura atymnus(Cramer) Yamfly
Celaenorrhinus Celaenorrhinus putra(Moore) Restricted Spotted Flat
Ariadne Ariadne ariadne(Linnaeus) Angled Castor (কানমরচে (প্রজাপতি))
Papilio Papilio nephelus(Boisduval) Yellow Helen (ফিক চান্দা)
Papilio Papilio paris (Linnaeus) Paris Peacock (তিতিমোউরাল)
Ixias Ixias pyrene(Linnaeus) Yellow Orange-tip (আলকুসুম)
Heliophorus Heliophorus epicles(Fruhstorfer) Purple Sapphire (অারুন)
Vanessa Vanessa indica(Herbst) Indian Red Admiral (লালতিখড়া)
Arhopala Arhopala centaurus(Fabricius) Centaur oakblue



Collaboration with Nature Mates- Nature Club, Kolkata[edit]

Phase 1[edit]

Date[edit]

21st April,2016 (Thursday)

Time and Duration[edit]

5:00pm to 6:30pm (1:30hr)

Volunteer involved[edit]

Santanu Chandra

Targeted goal[edit]

Brief report[edit]

Santanu Chandra from WLB Team visited the office of Nature Mates and had a discussion with the Secretary Sri Arjan Basu Roy regarding the project. Mr. Roy is willing to involve in this project along his team, who are active in various nature related projects. Santanu clarified various queries regarding the contribution to Wikipedia to the team and practically showed them the process of uploading images in Commons.

Target achieved[edit]

Sarika Baidya being the first outcome of the introductory outreach has successfully uploaded an image and used the image in related article.

Phase 2[edit]

Santanu Chandra of WLB team is interacting with Arjan Basu Roy at the office of Nature Mates-Nature Club,Kolkata.

Date[edit]

27th May 2016

Time and Duration[edit]

5.00 pm to 7.30 pm (Total 2:30 Hrs)

Volunteer involved[edit]

  • Ananya Mondal
  • Santanu Chandra

Targeted goal[edit]

To identify all the images captured in Pre-Monsoon Season Phase 1

Brief report[edit]

The team visited the office of Nature Mates and met with the Secretary Mr.Arjan Basu Roy . The main activity was to identify good number of butterflies from the captured and uploaded images in Commons. Ananya explained the process of creating a new account to Mr Roy. After creating account, Roy started editing the description part of the images, opening from the category. He consulted two books as reference of the identification process. There was 35 species of butterflies identified by Mr. Roy. Due to the shortage of time, the WLB team had to wrap up the process for the day.

Target achieved[edit]

Phase 3[edit]

Date[edit]

1st June 2016

Time and Duration[edit]

10.00 AM to 12.30 PM

Volunteer involved[edit]

  • Ananya Mondal
  • Santanu Chandra

Targeted goal[edit]

To identify rest of the images captured in Pre-Monsoon Season Phase 1

Brief report[edit]

The team visited the premises of Arjan Basu Roy to identify the remaining species and concluded with 17 more species captured in Jayanti.Total number of species identified till date is 52.

Target achieved[edit]

  • Total number of butterflies identified :17