Butterfly Conservatory of Goa (Ponda, Goa) – A NGO Regenerating The Forest

Butterfly Conservatory of Goa

Rajnagar, Pisgal – Priol, Ponda, Goa

(3 km approx. from Noorani Masjid)

The above address and a few landmarks as guided by conservatory owners over the phone. Noorani Masjid – The first one if driving from Panjim and a left-turn inside the lane. Sai Service is another landmark and approx. 100 meters before Arya Cashew Products Pvt. Ltd.

I was there and a display-board on the road showing the final direction to reach the park.

Timings: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 Rs. 150/person – A ticket helps to maintain conservatory/add to butterfly numbers.

Dr. Jyoti Heblekar And Prasad – The owners were present, and I – The visitor/tourist on-tour with queries such as history, the idea behind the park and to enhance knowledge about butterflies. A walk inside the greenery started while I looking at photographs displayed at the entrance. Various colorful butterflies. All photographs captured by Prasad and Yashodan Heblekar – said Dr.

1200 sq. mts. of undeveloped hilly-area purchased 5 years back – The history but last 3 years wild plants (butterflies mainly attract towards wild plants) from Anmod Ghat, Amboli were brought mainly to develop a butterfly conservatory park – The idea as the love for environment is existing since years and finally barren land turned into Butterfly Conservatory of Goa.

I observed lots-n-lots of butterflies flying passing-by as we walk. Few tiny ones, few colorful ones.

Also known as a dancing butterfly – said Prasad.

Plum Judy – The butterfly was continously rotating all over the floor, and I question:

Why dancing?

Actually collecting minerals to transfer it to the female for the protection of eggs.

I stop to watch for a few minutes as Plum Judy continues with the fine-art.

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Southern Bird-wing, you saw that? – said Prasad.

Yes – said I but was unable to capture within the camera as the fly was fast.

Don’t worry, come, I will show you cocoon – said He.

Southern Bird-wing is India’s largest butterfly.

And I saw another one flying and disappearing fast.

These days to attract butterflies is not easy. Beside wild plants butterfly bait is prepared manually. Rotten fruits such as apple, banana, sitafal (custard-apple), chikoo (sapodila) are purchased from the market And kept together safe from birds. Due to fruits, butterflies arrive and lay eggs over the plants leaves.

Sailor having one of the best fly.

Pyro one of the smallest butterfly.

Cupid – Common Crow – Crimson Rose – Nawab – Grass Yellow – Chocolate Pansy And many more butterflies as we walk further. The best time to visit the conservatory is between: 10:30 – 11 morning – she suggest as butterfly are visible largely during this time.

Another query:

Prasad – I read about a lake above the hills. How to visit?

Approx. 2 km. is the distance from the park. Early i the morning about 8:30 tour is organized after having breakfast provided by the conservatory park, and by afternoon we are back. Another nice location to visit, but separate charges are there for the same.

What is that inside the jar?

Larva. Whenever we see larva on plants we collect them and preserve them to save them. First, the butterfly lays eggs on leaves And eggs turn into larva and larva into pupa and finally butterfly is born.

The effort, The initiative by Dr. Jyoti Heblekar, Yashodan Heblekar, Prasad And Aakash – The caretaker is clearly visible. A beautiful conservatory is very natural to spend ones one day for sure. Knowledge about butterflies enhanced – said I.

And a special house having mud, lawn on top – only one within Goa. Yes, The family – The proud owner. As the space for a lawn wasn’t there, the architect Abhijit Sadle from Goa was consulted and lawn on top of the house was created. Two special tanks were built – 30,000 liters And 60,000 liters to store rain waters for Butterfly Conservatory as well as for house usage.

Truly intelligent, Truly environmentalist – said I.

In-short: Conservatory is Heaven for butterflies for sure, and we are welcome. Other than above said butterflies I also saw Plum Judy, Grey Count, Mime butterfly. A must visit location for sure if one is touring Goa. The journey continues..

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