aravali golf course: Butterfly Park coming to Aravali golf course in Fbd | Gurgaon News
Some of the common butterflies found in Haryana are common tiger, common silver line and lemon pansy.
The planting of host trees, which will attract butterflies and promote reproduction, will be initiated this week. The park should be ready within a month.
Butterflies are an essential group in our ecosystem, studied by scientists to fuel biological research on evolution, mimicry, climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, biodiversity conservation, and more.
Butterfly-rich areas are generally rich in biodiversity, made up of several plants, invertebrates, and animals higher up the food chain. “Butterflies provide many environmental benefits such as plant pollination and natural pest control. We have already cleared the area and marked where the park will arrive. We are now collecting host plants for the park,” said Harvinder Singh of Haryana Tourism Department.
Bloodflower, Indian bael, jhad ber, vajradanti, kadipatta, lantana, potterweed, marigold, cosmos, pentas, milkweed, giant calotrope, etc. are some of the host plants that the department plans to grow in the region. Sohail Madan of BHNS said, “We are setting up the butterfly park with host plants including kadipatta, blood flower and bael.”
These parks are a crucial habitat for butterflies and insects, experts said, adding that butterfly density depends on grassland cover, which makes the golf course ideal for the park.
Butterflies help maintain green spaces through plant pollination and act as a food source for other organisms such as spiders, wasps, dragonflies, birds, lizards, etc. Butterflies and these other insects then play a central role in sustaining the food chain, where they are a prey base for other animals such as birds, bats and other insectivores.
Calling butterflies a flagship species for conservation, Madan said they are indicators of a healthy environment and ecosystem.