Butterflies And Odonates Of Kerala
Butterfly park is another main attraction of Thattekad bird sanctuary.This garden for butterflies set on 30 cents of land is planted with variety of host plants for all the different butterfly species found locally.Here visitors can observe different cycles in the life of a butterfly,from egg to larva,to pupa and adult. Thattekad bird sanctuary butterfly park have listed more than 200 species of butterflies in surveys with an average of 60 to 70 species found regularly.
Odonata is an order of carnivorous insects encompassing the dragonflies (Anisoptera) and the damselflies (Zygoptera). Dragonflies are generally larger, and perch with their wings held out to the sides whereas damselflies have slender bodies, and hold their wings over the body at rest. 154 species of odonates have been recorded in kerala. Dragonflies and damselflies are mostly seen near water bodies as they need water to breed and survive.Females lay their eggs on water surface and the nymphs grow under water.when fully mature they crawl s out on to overhanging rocks or vegetation where they shed their outer skin to emerge as an adult.Thattekad bird sanctuary area have lot of water bodies with vegetation which provide ideal habitat for odonates .
Photo courtesy - Mr.Bo Lars Nielsen