A product of Ladybird Environmental Consulting (LEC) is a series of nature based Mobile apps developed to promote nature study widely across Indian cities. This butterfly mobile app covers 50 common Indian butterfly species found in metros such as Mumbai, Kolkata, New Delhi and Hyderabad. The app has been developed to study climate change impact on urban biodiversity in Indian metros. Butterflies being indicator species, a seasonal variation in their sightings will provide indication whether climate change is affecting Indian Butterflies.
These mobile apps are being developed under the U.S. State Department's International Exchange Alumni programme- Alumni Innovation Engagement Fund's Project- Mobile Apps 4 Climate Change. Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi has been the sole winner from India who won the global competition wherein 1000 proposals were submitted and only 53 finalists were chosen world over. She alongwith her four team members; Dr. Swayamprabha Das, Dr. Ashutosh Richarriya, Dr. Anirban Gupta and Mr. Isaac Kehimkar have launched student citizen science programme in 10 schools of New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkatta and Mumbai. For this endeavour, they have partnered with WWF-India and Greenline.To learn more about this initiative visit our project website www.inaturewatch.org
The app is targeted towards young students who have taken fancy to gadgets such as smartphone and tablets. The idea is to engage students by use of technology and assist them in their project work which could involve documentation of local butterfly fauna. This app is also a tool for environmental educators specially teachers who sometimes do not have access to natural history resources or persons. The app brings butterfly identification of Indian Butterflies to finger tips of its users thus providing an additional tool besides an expert or field guide.
The app describes 50 common Indian species of butterflies along with their pictures, common English and Latin name, wingspan, geographical range, habitat preferences, host plants, life cycle, similar species and interesting facts if any. The language has been kept non-technical however incase of unavoidable technical words, a glossary if provided to explain these terms. Once you download, please keep updating your app as we will be improvising and rectifying some of the technical and information errors. In case you come across a butterfly which is not available in this app, we have provided list of books and online resources wherein you could get your butterfly identified. Happy Butterflying!
This app is a brainchild of Dr.V.Shubhalaxmi so saw the gap between learner and educator, plus apathy towards environment by urban people. Having worked for BNHS for 21 years, she left to start her own social enterprise- Ladybird Environmental Consulting . Her company specializes in environmental CSR. To learn more visit her website www.ladybirdconsulting.co.in.
This app is a hard work of 37 people who worked on it besides the principal content developers; Mr. Isaac Kehimkar and Dr. V.Shubhalaxmi, the creative team of LycodonFx did an excellent job of converting a dream idea into a reality. In the domain of environment there are very few vendors who are equipped with natural history know how and product execution. This regard LycodonFx is highly recommended to all those who wish to develop new environmental products. Visit their website www.lycodonfx.com and see for yourself.
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Vaylure, Shubhalaxmi, Isaac Kehimkar (Eds), Sameer Kehimkar, Alisha Kehimkar, Amit Kehimkar (2014), Mobile Apps for Climate Change (v.1.0 iButterflies)- U.S. State Department's Alumni Innovation Engagement Fund, Ladybird Environmental Consulting, Mumbai.