Contents: 1. About Uttarakhand. 2. Butterflies of Uttarakhand: An introduction. 3. Identifying butterflies. 4. Butterfly species descriptions: i. Hesperiida (Skippers). ii. Lycaenidae (Blues). iii. Nymphalidae (Brush-footed butterflies). iv. Papilionidae (Swallowtails). v. Pieridae (Whites and yellows). vi. Riodinidae (Judies and Punches). 5. Butterfly hotspots of Uttarakhand. 6. Map of Uttarakhand. 7. Suggested reading and websites. 8. Partial bibliography of butterflies of Uttarakhand. 9. Glossary and abbreviations. 10. Checklist of butterflies of Uttarakhand. 11. Additional notes on Uttarakhand’s butterfly checklist. 12. Index of common names. 13. Index of scientific names.
This book covers 500 species of butterflies that have been recorded in Uttarakhand since the 1880’s. The book contains photographs of each of the butterfly species and provides key features to identifying them. Species photographs include images taken in nature as well as museum specimens to show their distinctive features. Short notes on the natural history of the butterflies are also included. This field guide was prepared to promote butterfly tourism in Uttarakhand, but we hope that not only tourists and nature guides, but also researchers, students and teachers and all nature lovers will enjoy exploring the world of butterflies!