Noticias del proyecto ButterflyPune

21 de enero de 2020

Pune Butterfly Groups walk on ARAI Hill, Kothrud, 19th January 2020

Time: 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Members who attended: Sanjay Date, Rupa Rangan, Rucha Patil, Sekhar Chavan, Shabbir Karu, Shreya Diwan, Savita Bharti

Sanjay Sir’s update on ARAI was inviting to conduct a butterfly walk that was missing out for past couple of weeks. It was first Sunday off for Shabbir Sir from his gardening classes and he grabbed the opportunity to come for the walk, along with his classmate Mr Sekhar Chavan. It was first PBG walk for Shreya Diwan and Rupa Rangan as well.

Monsoon ARAI was all wet and slippery, post monsoon it looked all lush green and the walk on 19th the hill has turned a shade of light brown and one patch of black due to grass burning. Therefore, unlike other times the first sighting was after a bit of walk near the waterhole Sanjay Sir is maintaining for birds. A pea blue flew and settled somewhere in grass. The light brown and white bands merged well with the grass making it difficult to spot. The female enjoyed the morning sun and slowly opened the wing for basking, so we got our first photograph of the day.

The Cadabad fruticosa Sanjay Sir mentioned in one of the group posts earlier was just opposite to the waterhole. The other plant growing around is shedding its leaf so the flowering Cadaba is seen very clearly. He even spotted a clump of eggs (gone bad) on one of the leaves. We couldn’t make out though, whose it could be.

A plain orange tip flew around as if guarding its territory. It gave all of us a good run around but it was worth it as we all got its photograph. Around same spot we got three plain orange tip female, so well merged within the dry grasses that it was difficult to spot it. All the time I heard Rupa calling out, “Where is it?”

The next member to be spotted was from same family, a little orange tip. The sightings were not rushing in but whatever we were finding was like a gem. The Salai (Boswellia serrata) plant is flowering and fruiting now. We got some lessons from Sanjay Sir on using mobile manual mode and fixing focus to one point. Interestingly we all had this feature on our smart phones but never made use of it. The Salai flower was our first subject to try out the feature from our mobile.

Little ahead we found the white orange tip. Like always it settled inbetween the growth and though it was stationary, the undergrowth made it difficult to photograph it. From here we went to the last point, what we call the crimson tip adda. A little sapling of Capparis had a little common gull caterpillar feeding on it. An empty chrysalis of maybe a Crimson tip or the Little/plain orange tip was spotted by Sanjay Sir under a leaf of Cadabad. Few eggs were also seen but they were so tiny to be identified with naked eye.
Sir had to rush back now, so he took our leave and rushed ahead. We all also decided to call it a day and return back. While we took our time to walk back, I got a call from Sanjay Sir to rush immediately to the agave plant clump. A crimson tip was spotted by him. We all rushed, but when we reached there, the tip has gone. None the less a tawny coster was giving a beautiful pose balancing on a dry grass twig. I hope someone got the picture and shares on the group. While we got busy clicking this, Sanjay Sir went ahead. Again I received a call to come down and as we rushed we did spot a crimson flying around.

It was some mad rush here and there but we all managed to get a photograph of it. Shabbir Sir was most amazed and I guess enjoyed the best just observing the butterfly flutter by. This was his fist sighting of a crimson tip and I could see how much he enjoyed watching it fly. A gull and pioneer distracted us a bit in between Shreya managed to photograph the pioneer.

We decided to walk down as it was getting sunny and later for our next engagements. As always, I lost the track and had to get the team down from a thorny patch! It turned out to be good as we saw a common rose pass by like a glider. Also the point we again found back our walking path, we spotted a Flacourtia having three common leopards hovering over it. The plant has recently started getting fresh tender leaves and flowers. Maybe a good sign for the leopards to breed. If we keep a record for an annual cycle, we’d learn the breeding pattern along with seasonal changes here 😊 Maybe we keep periodic documentation as a futuristic goal of PBG.

As I am visiting ARAI for past one year, I see a lot many man made changes which are impacting the natural habitat of wildlife on the hill. From photograph walks to getting pets on the hill to constructions right at the base of hill and now I see the burning of dry grasses around. This feels so sad, few plants are cropping up from group as its their time to grow (includes tiny Cadaba fruticosa hosts to all tips from the hill) the periodic burning takes away the little chance these plants get to survive. With the burning also goes their habitat to rest/roost and breed. I wonder if something more constructive can be done about the Gliricidia plants around than the dry grasses posing no potential harm to the habitat.

Attached butterfly list we were able to document during the walk and
link to butterfly photographs

Serial no Family/Scientific name/Common name


1. Euchrysops cnejus cnejus/Oriental Gram Blue
2. Lampides boeticus/Pea Blue

Nymphalidae/Brush footed

3. Melantis leda leda/Oriental Common Evening Brown
4. Ypthima asterope Mahratta /Indian Common Three-ring
5. Acraea violae/Tawny Coster
6. Phalanta phalantha phalantha/Oriental Common Leopard
7. Junonia lemonias lemonias/Chinese Lemon Pansy
8. Junonia orithya swinhoei/Pale Blue Pansy
9. Hypolimnas bolina jacintha/Oriental Great Eggfly
10. Tirumala limniace exoticus/Oriental Blue Tiger

Papilionidae/ Swallowtails

11. Pachliopta aristolochiae aristolochiae/Indian Common Rose

Pieridae/ Whites & Yellows

12. Catopsilia Pomona/Common Emigrant
13. Eurema hecabe hecabe/Oriental Common Grass Yellow
14. Eurema laeta laeta/Indian Spotless Grass Yellow
15. Cepora nerissa Phryne/Dakhan Common Gull
16. Belenois aurota aurota/Indian Pioneer
17. Colotis aurora/Plain Orange-tip
18. Colotis danae danae/Indian Crimson Tip
19. Colotis etrida etrida/Indian Little Orange-tip
20. Ixias Marianne/White Orange-tip

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14 de enero de 2020

First Butterfly Walk of 2020 to Sihagad on January 12, 2020

Sihagad Valley, Pune

10:15 am to 3:15 pm

Members present:
@pavandamoor, @swanand and @savita

Pavanji messaged a day before the walk, “are we going tomorrow?”
Besides me, we had only one confirmation. I thought about the canceled plans of the past and said, “yes”
That yes worked wonders for us yesterday at Sihagad Valley. It was one and half hour ride for me from Shaniwarwada. The bus frequency is pretty good. Pavanji would have boarded the same bus from his area but we missed it by a couple of minutes.
It was 10 am and Maheshji was not around, no message until then so we started walking ahead. The range issue was there at the starting point. Could not call/msg then. Little ahead the phone worked and received a message from Swanand. He decided around 9 am to join us. So in between guiding Swanand and responding to Maheshji’s msg on WA, we photographed our first records of a cerulean and common hedge blue, male.
We reached an open field that was full of wild growths so plenty of nectar plants and plenty of butterflies to see. The common sailer, cerulean chocolate pansy, wanderer, grey pansy, painted lady, angled pierrots and many more were seen in large numbers on every patch we moved.
I was fooled by the dry season form of the angled pierrot, which I thought was an abnormal individual. Later when we kept seeing all individuals in similar forms, we realized, it’s a DSF, not an abnormality.
Most of the butterflies were in their DSFs.
We did not have a wish list as such. Were expecting a nawab maybe a blue oakleaf. Did not get to see either but the bumper was observing a silver streak blue! A few days back Dalvi Ji has posted a dead butterfly record from Bhor. I think this may be the first sighting/reporting from Pune city. (

Another exciting moment was clicking the common castor eggs. Swanand spotted the female on a very tiny sapling, we turned the leaf and there were plentiful eggs and one or two caterpillars that have just emerged from the eggs or maybe a day old. All of us tried the macro.

In all this, we became so engrossed that we seriously lost track of time. When the rats started jumping in the stomach, we realized, we must call it a day. Not before visiting the stream area to see some puddling activity. We found nothing but a blue pansy.
So we began the return. On our way again we saw a couple of cerulean in dsf. Just before hitting the road, a psyche pair came out and we took another 10 minutes to catch them. On the road, Swanand was telling about uploading observations on I Nat when we spotted an empty chrysalis of the common wanderer. Along with it, we got to see its host plant. We thought, Chalo, this is the end. We moved ahead and again on a plant right on road we saw another empty chrysalis, this time it was of a common crow. The host plant was like 15-20 ft away. It crawled all that distance to come and pupate on this climber, right on the road.
Calls have started coming from home and we decided to quickly grab a bite and rush. As we were rushing we saw a gull nectaring on lantana flowers. We again stopped to photograph it. It was even basking in the sunlight. So there went some 10 more minutes. We just finished with this when I recalled Pavanji’s mention of a photograph shared on the group. (This was a peacock royal on a red-colored leaf, photographed by Maheshji.) I look upon the plant and there it is, the peacock royal was around. We saw for access to the plant but it was covered with fencing of barbed wires. An old lady was standing around the same spot. Swanand spoke to her and she told of access from behind. We all reached the spot and the royal gave us a royal photoshoot! There are plenty of dendropthoe plants on an old mango tree. Which is a host plant for the peacock royal, so on your next visit do expect to see one around the same spot!!!!!
Our lunch was a soulful woodfire cooked jowari bhakri and pithla. Nothing could have ended our exciting day than a pet bhar ke ghar ka khana.

Here is the list and we’d tried to photograph as many butterflies as possible. Swanand and I have already uploaded
the photographs on I Naturalist here are the links:

Pavanji photographed some excellent frames
of the butterflies. Two, in particular, those I saw are my personal favorites,
of a glassy tiger on this wildflower and a striped tiger on lantana. Pavanji, please share those. Swanand had some beautify macros of castor eggs. One caterpillar is seen to just about hatch out of an egg.

Category Family Scientific Name Common Name
1. Skippers Hesperiidae Parnara/Pelopida species
2. Skippers Hesperiidae Hasora chromus Common banded awl
3. Blues Lycaenidae Castalius rosimon rosimon Continental Common Pierrot
4. Blues Lycaenidae Caleta decidia decidia Indian Angled Pierrot
5. Blues Lycaenidae Acytolepis puspa felderi Malabar Common Hedge Blue
6. Blues Lycaenidae Zizeeria karsandra Dark Grass Blue
7. Blues Lycaenidae Zizula hylax hylax Indian Tiny Grass Blue
8. Blues Lycaenidae Euchrysops cnejus cnejus Oriental Gram Blue
9. Blues Lycaenidae Catochrysops strabo strabo Oriental Forget-me-not
10. Blues Lycaenidae Lampides boeticus Pea Blue
11. Blues Lycaenidae Jamides bochus bochus Indian Dark Cerulean
12. Blues Lycaenidae Jamides celeno celeno Oriental Common Cerulean
13. Blues Lycaenidae Prosotas dubiosa indica Indian Tailless Lineblue
14. Blues Lycaenidae Rapala manea schistacea Bengal Slate Flash
15. Blues Lycaenidae Tajuria cippus cippus Indian Peacock Royal
16. Blues Lycaenidae Iraota timoleon Silver Streak Blue
Brush footed
17. Brush footed Nymphalidae Melantis leda leda Oriental Common Evening Brown
18. Brush footed Nymphalidae Ypthima baldus madrasa Sahyadri Common Five-ring
19. Brush footed Nymphalidae Phalanta phalantha phalantha Oriental Common Leopard
20. Brush footed Nymphalidae Neptis hylas varmona Indian Common Sailer
21. Brush footed Nymphalidae Ariadne merione merione Dakhan Common Castor
22. Brush footed Nymphalidae Junonia atlites atlites Oriental Grey Pansy
23. Brush footed Nymphalidae Junonia hierta hierta Oriental Yellow Pansy
24. Brush footed Nymphalidae Junonia iphita iphita Oriental Chocolate Pansy
25. Brush footed Nymphalidae Junonia lemonias lemonias Chinese Lemon Pansy
26. Brush footed Nymphalidae Junonia orithya swinhoei Pale Blue Pansy
27. Brush footed Nymphalidae Vanessa cardui Painted Lady
28. Brush footed Nymphalidae Hypolimnas bolina jacintha Oriental Great Eggfly male
29. Brush footed Nymphalidae Hypolimnas misippus Danaid Eggfly male
30. Brush footed Nymphalidae Parantica aglea aglea Coromandel Glassy Tiger
31. Brush footed Nymphalidae Tirumala limniace exoticus Oriental Blue Tiger
32. Brush footed Nymphalidae Danaus chrysippus chrysippus Oriental Plain Tiger
33. Brush footed Nymphalidae Danaus genutia genutia Oriental Stripped Tiger
34. Brush footed Nymphalidae Euploea core core Indian Common Crow
35. Swallowtails Papilionidae Pachliopta aristolochiae Indian Common Rose
Whites & Yellows
36. Whites & Yellows Pieridae Catopsilia pomona Common Emigrant
37. Whites & Yellows Pieridae Catopsilia pyranthe Mottled Emigrant
38. Whites & Yellows Pieridae Eurema brigitta rubella Red-line Small Grass Yellow
39. Whites & Yellows Pieridae Eurema hecabe hecabe Oriental Common Grass Yellow
40. Whites & Yellows Pieridae Eurema laeta laeta Indian Spotless Grass Yellow
41. Whites & Yellows Pieridae Delias eucharis Indian Jezebel
42. Whites & Yellows Pieridae Leptosia nina nina Oriental Psyche
43. Whites & Yellows Pieridae Cepora nerissa phryne Dakhan Common Gull
44. Whites & Yellows Pieridae Pareronia hippia Indian Wanderer male + female


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