A total of 146 species of butterflies were identified in the Pench Tiger Project area. The survey was carried out by the Pench Tiger Project with the help of non-professional people in the region.
During the survey, 7,700 butterflies were recorded by the people. They were then categorised by the experts. Enthusiasts from 15 states participated in the survey. They were divided into 42 groups of 3 to 4 surveyors.
Tinsa Ecological Foundation, a social organisation took the initiative in conducting the survey with Pench Tiger Project. Besides recording the species of butterflies, their density was also recorded. The information was collected on an App along with geographical location.
Deputy Director of the Tiger Project Dr Prabhunath Shukla, Forest Department officers Vivek Rajurkar, Ajinkya Bhatkar, Founder of Tinsa Amitkumar guided the surveyers. The survey received 126 participants were from Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana, Asam, Delhi, West Bengal, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Kerala and Telangana.
The survey is a part of the Citizen Science mission being conducted across the nation.