Welcome to the Butterflies of India website!

This is an online peer-reviewed resource, a citizen science platform, where ordinary citizens as well as working scientists participate in gathering scientific data and building this free, authoritative resource on Indian butterflies. It is designed to: (a) disseminate comprehensive information on the biology of Indian butterflies, (b) encourage study of their natural history and ecology, (c) gather population and distributional data in a centralized database, and (d) spread awareness about their conservation.

With over 125,000 reference images, this is the largest library of meticulously curated images of butterflies of the Indian Region. The data help map the detailed distribution and seasonal occurrence of species, but the images also capture morphological variation, nectar plants, larval host plants, predators and parasitoids, etc., making it a critical resource on the biology of butterflies for amateur butterfly-watchers and professional biologists alike.

Don't miss our sister websites under the umbrella of the Biodiversity Atlas – India project, listed below!

Website by the numbers

  • 1108

    No. of Species Pages

  • 98490

    No. of Observations

  • 124468

    No. of Images

  • 5220

    No. of Contributors

  • 275

    No. of Checklists

  • 0

    No. of 30-min Counts

  • 5

    No. of Local Projects

  • 994

    No. of Larval Host Plants

  • 5

    No. of Nectar Plants

  • 2

    No. of Identification Keys

  • Observation Density Map (Latest 5,000 observations)

    Highlighted Contributions

    Species Name

    Athyma inaraColour Sergeant


    1 Posts


    May 02, 2022

    Contributor Of The Month

    No. of Observation: 6 Post
    Contributor Name: Rahul Kala
    Date: 2022-05

    Contributor of the Year

    No. of Observation: 12506 Post
    Contributor Name: admin
    Year: 2021

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