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An Update on the Systematic Checklist and Biodiversity of Caterpillars of Butterfly-Fauna on Food /Host Plant Species of Jammu & Kashmir State (India) - Papilionoidea: Hesperiidae, Lycaenidae and Pieridae
Ramesh Chander Bhagat*
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Abstract:

This paper deals with 23 species, under 15 genera of butterfly caterpillars, belonging to family Hesperiidae, Lycaenidae and Pieridae, associated with 33 species of food / host plant species (agricultural crops and economically important plant species), covering 14 families. The highest number of caterpillar species i.e. 8 (Lycaenids, Pierids) has been found on medicinal plants, followed by 6 spp. (Hesperiids, Pierids) on vegetable crop species. The food crops, fruit crops and ornamental plant species, served as food / host plants for 4 spp. each, pertaining to family Hesperiidae, Lycaenidae and Pieridae. The lowest number of caterpillar species i.e. 2 (Lycaenid, Pierid), is known to be on forest / timber trees. An-up-to date systematic checklist of butterfly caterpillar species, with food/ host plant species, have been provided. Besides, species diversity of caterpillar-fauna on host plant species has been discussed.

Keywords:

Butterfly caterpillar,Diversity Food plants,Hesperiids,Lycaenids,Pierids

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Bhagat, R. C., 2017. An update on the systematic checklist and biodiversity of caterpillars of butterfly-fauna on food /host plant species of Jammu & Kashmir State (India) - Papilionoidea: Hesperiidae, Lycaenidae and Pieridae.Int.J.Curr.Res.Biosci.Plantbiol. 4(7): 81-87. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcrbp.2017.407.010