The Panvel region of Raigad district is home to a diverse range of vegetation, an estuary, and rugged hills, providing a haven for living organisms like as butterflies. Several human-caused activities, particularly the continuing construction of the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA), have damaged habitat in and around Panvel. Both vertebrates and invertebrates experience a reduction in biodiversity as habitat is lost. There isn’t even a tentative list of the region’s Lepidopteran species. As a result, the current study was carried out in order to compile a butterfly checklist for the area. Butterflies were monitored for a year (from June 2019 to May 2020) in various places of the Mahatma Phule College of Arts, Science, and Commerce (MPASC) campus and the surrounding Panvel areas. A total of 42 Lepidopteran species were discovered, divided into 32 genera and six families. Nymphalidae topped the list with 14 genera and 21 species, followed by Pieridae (7 genera, 9 species), Lycaenidae (7 genera, 7 species), Papilionidae (2 genera, 3 species), Hesperiidae (1 genus, 1 species), and Riodinidae (1 genus, 1 species). This research would offer data on the region’s butterfly biodiversity, which may be utilised as a starting point for future butterfly research.
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