There is a butterfly garden within the NIC premises so that one can have the wonderful experience of sighting and trying to identify the myriad of butterflies. The butterfly garden has a staggering diversity of butterflies and is most vibrant in the months from September to January. To help you to enjoy your hobby of butterflying even more, a pocket guide to the butterflies of Sanjay Gandhi National Park is also available which not only gives a colorful and pictorial description of the butterflies but also information about how to identify them . This pocket book is available for sale at the NIC.
Butterflies are day-flying insects and considered to be the agents of pollination of some plants. They are cold-blooded and cannot fly if their body temperature is less than 30 degree centigrade. A butterfly has compound eyes with each eye made up of about 6000 tiny parts called lenses; it is fascinating to know that a butterfly can see in all directions except directly underneath its body. Butterflies feed chiefly on nectar from flowers. There are over 20,000 species of butterflies worldwide. At Sanjay Gandhi National Park we have a whopping 170 Species of butterflies, out of around 1500 species found in India.