Faunistics of Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rephalocera) With Some New Records from Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan

  • Fariha Mengal
  • Imtiaz Ali Khan
  • Muhammad Ather Rafi
  • Saima Durrani
  • Muhammad Qasim
  • Gul Makai
  • Muhammad Kamal Sheikh
  • Ghulam Rasul
  • Naveed Iftikhar Jajja
Keywords: Balochistan, Butterfly Fauna, Lepidoptera, Pakistan, Quetta.


This study was conducted to explore the butterfly fauna of Quetta, Balochistan. A totaling 286 specimens of butterflies have been collected from different localities of Quetta. Out of 286 collected specimens 27 species from 22 genera under 4 families Lycaenidae, Nymphalidae Papilionidae and Pieridae have been identified. Out of 27 identified species, 11 species represented family Lycaenidae, eight (08) species represented family Nymphalidae, seven (07) species identified under family Pieridae and one (01) species identified under family Papilionidae. One species, Pseudochazara mamurra recorded first time from Pakistan. Three (03) species, namely Zizeeria maha, Zizula hylax and Zizina otis are reported first time from Balochistan while five (05) species i.e. Lampides boeticus, Polyommatus bogra, Polyommatus florenciae, Eumenis thelephassa and Eurema hecabe are first time from Quetta.