Insect Tourism

Insect Tourism is gaining popularity in Dooars. The self-sufficient ecosystem of the National Parks that are located in the Dooars region, especially the Neora Valley, is home to a large variety of insect life. Different species of Spiders, Butterflies, Bugs, Beetles, Ants and Bees can be found in the Buffer Zones. A variety of Butterfly species, with their myriad colours, are a visual treat to the eyes of visitors. Kaiser-I-Hind and Krishna Peacock are the most attractive butterfly species found here.

Ramsai Butterfly Garden

The Ramsai Butterfly Garden is located at a distance of 28 kms from The Riverwood Forest Retreat – Dooars. The Garden has been developed on reclaimed land in the Ramsai Village, which is adjacent to the Gorumara National Park. It has both host plants and nectar plants that attract butterflies and help them flourish. The Butterfly Garden was created as a means of conservation of the beautiful species, provide knowledge on butterfly species and butterfly life-cycles  and allow visitors to observe them from close vicinity.

This facility is run by Nature Mates with funding received from the Forest Department. The local community, especially the youth,  has also been incorporated in the conservation efforts. The team consists of members from Nature Mates, two village housewives, one girl with Thalassemia and one boy from the minority community. Their efforts have resulted in the Ramsai Butterfly Garden becoming a popular tourist destination.

Some of the insect species found here are:  

Butterflies:

Common Tinsel (Catapaecilma major)
Double-Banded Judy (Abisara bifasciata)
Dark Judy                                                             (Abisara fylla)
Dark Grass Blue (Zizeeria karsandra)
Punchinello   (Zemeros flegyas)
Indian Awlking (Choaspes benjaminii)
Wax Dart                                                               (Cupitha purreea)
Dusky Yellow Breasted Flat                       (Gerosis phisara)
Common Imperial                                             (Cheritra freja)
Branded Yamfly (Yasoda tripunctata)
Club Silverline (Spindasis syama)
Yellow Pansy (Junonia hierta)
Courtesan (Euripus nyctelius)
Pasha (Herona marathus)
Grey Pansy (Junonia atlites)
Common Sergeant (Athyma perius)
Common Maplet (Chersonesia risa)
Blue Imperial (Ticherra acte)
Yamfly (Loxura atymnus)
Witch (Araotes lapithis)
Orange Awlet (Burara jaina)
Small Green Awlet (Burara amara)
Common Tiger (Danaus genutia)
Red-Spot Jezebel (Delias descombesi)
Chocolate Albatross (Appias lyncida)
Indian Jezebel (Delias eucharis)
Common Gull (Cepora nerissa)
Common Yeoman (Cirrochroa tyche)
Great Mormon (Papilio memnon)
Five Bar Swordtail (Graphium antiphates)
Paris Peacock (Papilio paris)
Red Helen (Papilio helenus)
Yellow Helen (Papilio nephelus)
Common Windmill (Byasa polyeuctes)
Common Batwing (Atrophaneura varuna)
Three-Spot Grass Yellow (Eurema blanda)

Insects:

Lantern Bug (Pyrops Viridirost)
Signature spider (Argiope Anasuja)
Whip Scorpion (Mastigoproctus Giganteus)