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

  • 1126

    No. of Species Pages

  • 110942

    No. of Observations

  • 138836

    No. of Images

  • 7596

    No. of Contributors

  • 558

    No. of Checklists

  • 282

    No. of 30-min Counts

  • 5

    No. of Local Projects

  • 1272

    No. of Larval Host Plants

  • 529

    No. of Nectar Plants