22nd-23rd April 2023 | KCRE, Agumbe

Have you ever pondered the exquisite choreography of butterflies by day and moths by night? For 50 million years, this synchrony has played out in the skies around us.

Have you taken a moment to appreciate the vibrant colors and intricate patterns of these creatures as they flit and flutter?

Did you know without bees, butterflies, moths, and other insects, our lives would be in jeopardy.
With over 250,000 species, these pollinators are vital to our food supply and are indicators of a healthy ecosystem.

Join our lepidopterologists as they take you into the world of butterflies and moths in the rainforests of Agumbe.

You will be part of informative lectures, hands-on activities, observation, butterfly trails, and moth watching.

  • Gain an understanding of their biology, ecology, and conservation, and observe their interactions in their natural habitat.
  • Witness their life cycles in action and learn how you can attract, harbour, and support their conservation efforts.
  • You can even become a citizen scientist and contribute to ongoing scientific studies.

Come marvel at these magnificent creatures and discover the vital role they play in our world.

Course Directors

Dr Pritha Dey

Post-doctoral fellow, Centre for Ecological Sciences(CES)
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

Dr Pritha Dey completed her PhD the Wildlife Institute of India and Zoologische Staatssammlung Munich, Germany.

She is an expert in the taxonomy and diversity of Geometrid moths found in western Himalayan protected areas.

Her passion lies in the study of moths, specifically their diversity, distribution, and evolutionary ecology. In addition to her scientific work, she actively shares her experiences and knowledge with the public through popular articles and outreach programs.

Her aim is to enhance the state of moth research in India and promote the conservation of these fascinating insects.

Tarun Karmakar

Assistant Curator
Collection Facility National Centre for Biological Sciences(NCBS), Bangalore

As a curator, Tarun Karmakar finds it exhilarating to be able to contribute to the progress of our comprehension of the natural world, especially in regard to butterflies.

This enthusiasm has taken him to North-eastern India to conduct research on these magnificent creatures.

His fieldwork primarily entails conducting surveys, gathering specimens, and performing morphological and molecular analyses to determine and classify species.

In addition, he collaborates with other researchers to improve and enhance current classification system


Open to enthusiasts above 15 years.

Students will be given a preference


Dates: 22 – 23rd April 2023

Time : 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Maximum participants: 15 


Kālinga Centre for Rainforest Ecology

Kālinga Mane
Guddekeri, Agumbe Hobli
Thirthahalli Taluk, Shivamogga-577411



Tent                  : Rs. 7500/-
Cottage            : Rs. 9000/-

Includes: Shared accommodation for 2 days (from 22nd to 23rd April 2023), all meals, workshop kit and stationary.
Excludes Travel to Guddekeri, and personal expenses.  

Participation certificate will be awarded on completion of the course