The study reports the insect diversity of Doodhpathri and a total of fifteen species were recorded belonging to thirteen families and seven orders. Maximum number of species were recorded at site-II (12), followed by site-III (10) and least at site-I (8). Significant variation in density of different species was recorded among the months at site-I (F5 = 10.92, P
<0.05), Site-II (F5 = 11.45, P
<0.05) and Site-III (F5 = 22.69, P
<0.05) and among the species at site-II (F11 = 6.17, P
<0.05) and site-III (F9 = 7.61, P
<0.05) with maximum density recorded during the summer at site-II for Anisopteras sp
. Among different species Lycosa sp
. was dominant species at site-I and site-III whereas Anisopetra sp
. at site-III. Diversity indices- Shannon, Simpsonâ€™s and Margalef index were higher (2.39, 0.90 and 2.39) at site site-II and lowest at lowest (2.04, 0.86 and 1.81) at site-I respectively. Presence of large area with diverse plant species provides a greater diversity of resources for insects and could be the reason for the occurrence of maximum number of species at site-II.
Aqisa Bashir and Ishtiyaq Ahmed Najar. Insect diversity of Doodhpathri (Budgam), Jammu and Kashmir, India. Int. J. Fauna Biol. Stud. 2016;3(6):28-32.