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Captive breeding of butterflies : techniques adopted at regional science centre, Guwahati

Author: Jeelani, S.

Keywords: Butterflies--Breeding
Science museums

Issue Date: 2010-01

Publisher: National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata

Description: For the first time in India, experiments in Captive breeding of butterflies started with scientific approach at National Council of Science Museums. Kolkata (NCSM) in the year 1993. After four years of continuous experimentation, first captive breeding facility of the country was established at Science City, Kolkata and second such effort was undertaken at Regional Science Centre, Guwahati. Captive breeding of butterflies needs well planned houses, climate control measures, larval food plant nursery etc. Besides these, techniques to rear and protect caterpillars, pupa and butterflies, keeping butterfly houses free from pests, quarantine methods to be adopted, butterfly handling techniques and production management, play crucial role in sustained breeding of butterflies. Techniques used in breeding of butterflies like Common mormon (Princeps polytes), Lime butterfly (Princeps demoleus), Plain tiger (Danaus (Anosia) chrysippus), Common crow (Euploea core), Psyche (Leptosia nina) Common grass yellow (Eurena hecahe) were discussed in detail in this paper. Role of butterfly gardens in imparting environmental education and ecological conservation programmes of Science Centre were also discussed.

Description: Includes bibliographical references.

Source: National Council of Science Museums

Type: Article

Received From: National Council of Science Museums


DC Field Value
dc.contributor.author Jeelani, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-14T10:53:06Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-14T10:53:06Z
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.description.abstract For the first time in India, experiments in Captive breeding of butterflies started with scientific approach at National Council of Science Museums. Kolkata (NCSM) in the year 1993. After four years of continuous experimentation, first captive breeding facility of the country was established at Science City, Kolkata and second such effort was undertaken at Regional Science Centre, Guwahati. Captive breeding of butterflies needs well planned houses, climate control measures, larval food plant nursery etc. Besides these, techniques to rear and protect caterpillars, pupa and butterflies, keeping butterfly houses free from pests, quarantine methods to be adopted, butterfly handling techniques and production management, play crucial role in sustained breeding of butterflies. Techniques used in breeding of butterflies like Common mormon (Princeps polytes), Lime butterfly (Princeps demoleus), Plain tiger (Danaus (Anosia) chrysippus), Common crow (Euploea core), Psyche (Leptosia nina) Common grass yellow (Eurena hecahe) were discussed in detail in this paper. Role of butterfly gardens in imparting environmental education and ecological conservation programmes of Science Centre were also discussed.
dc.source National Council of Science Museums
dc.format.extent 63-66p.: col.ill.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata
dc.subject Butterflies--Breeding
Science museums
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.issuenumber 1
dc.format.medium text
DC Field Value
dc.contributor.author Jeelani, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-14T10:53:06Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-14T10:53:06Z
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.date.issued 2010-01
dc.description.abstract For the first time in India, experiments in Captive breeding of butterflies started with scientific approach at National Council of Science Museums. Kolkata (NCSM) in the year 1993. After four years of continuous experimentation, first captive breeding facility of the country was established at Science City, Kolkata and second such effort was undertaken at Regional Science Centre, Guwahati. Captive breeding of butterflies needs well planned houses, climate control measures, larval food plant nursery etc. Besides these, techniques to rear and protect caterpillars, pupa and butterflies, keeping butterfly houses free from pests, quarantine methods to be adopted, butterfly handling techniques and production management, play crucial role in sustained breeding of butterflies. Techniques used in breeding of butterflies like Common mormon (Princeps polytes), Lime butterfly (Princeps demoleus), Plain tiger (Danaus (Anosia) chrysippus), Common crow (Euploea core), Psyche (Leptosia nina) Common grass yellow (Eurena hecahe) were discussed in detail in this paper. Role of butterfly gardens in imparting environmental education and ecological conservation programmes of Science Centre were also discussed.
dc.source National Council of Science Museums
dc.format.extent 63-66p.: col.ill.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher National Council of Science Museums, Kolkata
dc.subject Butterflies--Breeding
Science museums
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.issuenumber 1
dc.format.medium text