Diversity of ground dwelling insect fauna in the sacred groves of Purulia district, West Bengal
Imtiaz Imam, Arna Mazumder, Kaushik Mallick, Sayantan Mitra, Priyanka Das
An attempt has been made to explore the ground dwelling insects from 53 sacred groves of Purulia district. Altogether, 29 species belonging to four orders and seven families were reported from these old-aged sacred groves. Of them, Orthoptera shares maximum number of species (14) followed by Hymenoptera (7), Dermaptera (4) and Coleoptera (4). High percentage of ground dwelling insect species diversity was observed in thick undergrowth (49%) followed by clear (27%) and thin (24%) undergrowth.