Photo Spot: Thousand Shades Butterfly Park

Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D, f/3.5, 1/1600s, ISO 220, Manual Exposure

The Thousand Shades Butterfly Park is located at Sector 52 of Gurugram, Haryana, India near to Tao Devi Lal Bio Diversity Park. It belongs to the Department of Forest, Haryana and is being managed by Uthaan, an NGO.

We visited the Park in October last year ( 2019) and weather was right. The facility is managed very efficiently and the staff were very helpful and welcoming.

Lime Butterfly, Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1600s, ISO 4000, Manual Exposure
Lime Butterfly, Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1600s, ISO 500, Manual Exposure
Lime Butterfly Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1600s, ISO 4500, Manual Exposure
Lime Butterfly Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1600s, ISO 4500, Manual Exposure

The above photos show the Lime butterfly, also known as lemon butterflylime swallowtail, and chequered swallowtail. Scientific name is Papilo Demoleus.

With the extinction of certain flora and fauna , certain species of butterflies like Plain Tiger, Lime Butterfly, Common Mormon, Common Castor etc. are becoming extinct as well. Here they are trying to revive them by providing them with suitable habitat. Accordingly, host and nectar flora are being planted in selected clusters. There are breeding enclosures for butterflies also.

Plain Tiger, Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D, f/3.5, 1/1600s, ISO 220, Manual Exposure
Plain Tiger, Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D, f/3.5, 1/1600s, ISO 220, Manual Exposure
Plain Tiger, Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1600s, ISO 560, Manual Exposure

Plain Tiger (Scientific name Danaus Chrysippus) is also known as African Queen and African Monarch found throughout Asia, Australia and Africa.

Emigrant Butterfly, Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 100, Manual Exposure
Emigrant Butterfly, Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 100, Manual Exposure

The Emigrant Butterfly ( Scientific name Catopsilia pomona) is also known as the Common Emigrant or the Lemon Emigrant. It is found in Asia and parts of Australia.

The whole perimeter is covered with different kinds of plants and trees. These plants have certain nectar giving flowers which attracts the butterflies towards themselves. Thousand Shades Butterfly Park has an abundance of these flower planted throughout.

Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D f/3.5, 1/1600s, ISO 1250, Manual Exposure
Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 140, Manual Exposure
Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 450, Manual Exposure

Individuals are allowed to adopt existing plants or plant new ones for a fee and once you have adopted a plant your name gets attached to it and you are sent pictures and updates about it every now and then. A very innovative idea that works.

You can also find various birds in and around the park. Sunbirds, Bee-eaters can be seen if you look around.

Blue-throated bee-eater, Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 160 Manual Exposure
Missed … Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 100, Manual Exposure
Female olive backed Sunbird, Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 900 Manual Exposure
Female olive backed Sunbird, Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 900 Manual Exposure
Red Wattled Lapwing, Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 500 Manual Exposure

The best time to visit the park is between April and October and preferably during the morning hours.You should keep silent and maintain distance while exploring the park and also avoid colorful attires.

Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D f/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO 3600, Manual Exposure
Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D f/5, 1/1600s, ISO 800, Manual Exposure
Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 280, Manual Exposure

It was a very pleasurable experience when we visited the Park and I hope to go there again and try to catch photos of more species of butterflies.I also want to check the plant adopted by my daughter during our visit and perhaps adopt one by myself. I leave you with some more photographs all shot within the Park campus.

Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D f/2.8, 1/500s, ISO 64, Aperture Priority
Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D f/3.5, 1/800s, ISO 100, Manual Exposure
Nikon D850, Nikon 180mm f/2.8 AF-D f/5, 1/1600s, ISO 1250, Manual Exposure
Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/2000s, ISO 1250 Manual Exposure
Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 72mm, f/4.8, 1/2000s, ISO 450 Manual Exposure
Nikon D850, Nikon AF-P 70-300mm DX at 300mm, f/6.3, 1/1600s, ISO 560 Manual Exposure

That is all. Do visit this Park if you are in and around Gurugram when this virus subsides and life comes back to normal. Till then be safe. Support the administration wherever you are.

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  1. Loved the images. Thanks and much appreciated for sharing

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