Butterflies have always fascinated humankind by their bright colors, which always charm the eyes. Their beauty, seemingly amazing metamorphosis and carefree flight spark our imagination. To the multi-colored and texturous kingdom of butterfly so many genus and or species are found and so many unfound in West Bengal.
But little Bengali documentation has so far been done on butterfly kingdom specially the butterfly of West Bengal. This leads to a lack of knowledge sharing in this realm. Hence necessity arise in contributing, developing and sharing knowledge on butterfly by way of write ups and photo uploading of butterfly and different stages of their life cycle,their behavioral patters. Moreover it is imperative to endeavor to identify which species are found in West Bengal.
Official project name
Wiki Loves Butterfly
Project start date (include month, day, and year)
26th March 2016
Project completion date (include month, day, and year)
28th March, 2018
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2nd Project Lead
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Goals and measures of success
The goal of this project is to collect the high quality photographs of different species of Butterflies found in West Bengal. We are going to visit ever butterfly garden here in West Bengal to capture high quality images, upload, and create/develop the article at Bengali Wikipedia.
Measures of success
We will consider this project a success if every month till project completion, we have uploaded pictures on Commons Wikimedia and created/developed the article on Bengali Wikipedia. There will be monthly reports to track the project outcome.
Project scope and activities
List of activities every month:
Exploration and collect photographs: we take a trip to relevant place, like mountains, jungle, and other place along with the butterfly gardens.
Literature studying: searching literature for the content creation process
Reporting: create a report for our exploration every month
Publishing: uploaded the pictures on Commons Wikimedia, and created/developed the article on English and Bengali Wikipedia.
Budget and resources
▪ We have strong record in butterfly watching and exploration method
▪ We have strong knowledge about key of biodiversity areas in West Bengal
▪ We have initialized the communication with specific interest group of butterfly for motivate them to contribute in article creation as well as image contributing activities
Fit to strategy
This project will publish a large of high-quality photographs under Creative Commons license, including photographs of rare butterflies. It will therefore primarily benefit the quality of Wikimedia Commons, Wikipedia, and Wikispecies; especially butterfly category.
If the project will benefit a specific online community, please tell us.
This project will directly benefit Wikimedia Commons, Bangla Wikipedia and Wikispecies as science literature.
Please provide a brief statement about how the project is related to other work in the Wikimedia movement. For example, does the project fit into a work area such as GLAM, education, organizational development, editor retention, or outreach?
This project falls into the Outreach program area. The involvement of specific interest group as well as local people can become volunteer will increase in the long run.
If successful, will the project have the potential to be replicated successfully by other individuals, groups, or organizations? Please explain how in 1–2 sentences.
This project has a high potential to be replicated by the other people and groups in any community and in any specialized group. Their involvement in Wikipedia will enrich the contents and eventually the free knowledge will be increased.
Project in Prakiti Tirtha (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden)
At the early stage, the WLB team ventured to the nearest butterfly location in Kolkata, the Prakiti TirthaNew Town Eco Park, where the garden entail of a great dome to encompass a vegetal habitation containing diverse species of flowering plants and perennials that support a huge variety of butterflies systematized in a water body. There are nearly 20 species of butterflies declared in the butterfly garden. As the particular area is treated as the research area, the area inside the dome is strictly prohibited for photography.The team is planning to approach this special interest group (especially the researchers) to join and enrich wikipedia in near future.The team has collected information regarding the species to create few new articles as well as update existing articles. We have only been able to capture photographs of few species as the number of butterflies roving outside the dome were fewer that day.
Outcome from Prakiti Tirtha (New Town Eco Park butterfly garden)
Based on the outcome of the first project the WLB team is preparing for a broader spectrum. As this project is initiated in and around West Bengal, our next butterfly-enriched location is going to be Lepchakha of Buxa Hill in Dooars. It is a small village inhabitated by Drukpa Community people on Buxa Hill top inside Buxa Tiger reserve in Alipurduar district. The place is a bit remote, characterised by crude nature, far from the madding crowd and trekking is the only passage to the virgin world largely infested with butterflies of a huge number of species of which 50% of the butterflies seen in Bengal can be traced and photographed by one interested in this field. As many as 7 rivers murmur through the Buxa Forest and the riverbeds at many places are the favourite haunt of different species of butterflies especially for mud puddling. The rivers include Sankosh, Raidak, Jayanti, Bala and others. The drukpa people of Bhutanese origin are the original and prime inhabitants of this place. Lepchakha is popularly believed to be a place where from the stains to heaven ascends and to add to its heavenly charm patrols the throng of multi coloured scaly winged butterflies manifesting vibgyor feast for the eyes of the nature lovers. Silence looms large at every step at Lepchakha securing a tranquil acceptance of life thereon and the environment adorns her with all virginity presenting a cosy and fit habitat for the butterflies in the lap of Mother Nature.
Why we choose this location
A vast magnitude of butterflies add colour to the forest and river beds of this location as well as adjacent areas.
Butterflies survive in remote mountainous regions of the tropical forest area where conditions are suitable for them. Lepchakha hosts similar surroundings and has the reputation of being the habitat of a huge variety of butterflies.
The area is contributed by 7 rivers like Sankosh, Jayanti etc which ensure a great chance of Mud-puddling of butterflies in the area.
Hub of tourism in Buxa area, the smoke emitted by vehicles and road kills are common reason of butterfly extinction. hence, semi-remote rural areas with less crowded and less polluted surroundings, like Lepchakha appears to be a fascinating haunt for butterfly watching.
Our route from Lepchakha(Buxa Hill) to Mahakal Hill via Khatlum river (local name) and the conflux of Jayanti and Khatlum rivers ensures a sheer chance of Mud-puddling. The Khatling river and Jayanti river create a wetland down the river beds as well as in the natural forests that serve as a nice habitat of butterfly and a fine bed for their activities.
The butterfly infested locations of Buxa Hill and forest covers a fairly large 760 sq. km area and hence it is imperative for us to restrict our activities in a small area of about 15-20km for better outcome and concentrating our focus for comb-searching the butterfly habitat zones of a small and prospective locations.
The proximity of a small village will secure our accommodation and at the same time we can get local information and local help and guidance to reach to our requisite spot more suitably.
Why we choose this time
The time of the proposed trip of WLB team to Lepchakha is well within the pre-monsoon Dry season of butterfly domain which is said to be from March to May.
We have chosen the pre-monsoon time for documentation and capturing pictures of butterflies along with their eggs,pupa and larva (as per availability) also to forgo a comparative study with our next post--monsoon wet season butterfly documentation and shooting programme at similar location during September to November.
Approach to specific user group and motivate them to contribute in article creation activities. Since, they are from specific user group, the chance of motivating them will be comparatively easier.Henceforth, the percentage of stub articles may be reduced.
Based on the standard rate for vehicle, accommodation,Guide, food etc. the WLB team has prepared the following estimated budget.After the completion of the pilot project, the accurate expenditure will be obtained.
train fare: INR 750.00/individual
Local guide: INR 1000.00/day
Home stay: INR 1000.00/room/day
Food: INR 100.00/meal
Vehicle: INR 3000.00
Miscellaneous (If any): INR 2000.00
Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR
Nikon AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6 ED VR
Nikon AF-S DX 50mm f/1.8G Prime Lens
Canon EF-S 18-55 IS II f/3.5-5.6
Canon EF-S 55-250 IS II f/4-5.6
Proposed Outcome from the Project in Jayanti and Lepchakha
Images contribution to Commons: Featuring mud-puddling, basking, collection of nectar,Adult (imago), egg, larva (or caterpillar) and chrysalis (pupa or coccoon) etc.