I first read about this book The Book Of Indian Butterflies on Arati's blog--Trees,Plants &More in mid January. Since my husband was in Delhi at that time on a work related trip, I told him to get the book for me. And soon, I had my prized copy! Not a day goes by when I don't refer to it. There's a wealth of information in this book by Isaac Kehimkar.
These are pictures of butterflies I had taken last year but I did not post the images as I didn't know their names. But I have been able to identify them now with the help of my book. The first is a Skipper and is called the Suffused Snow Flat/Tagiades gana. The other one is a Spotted Palmfly. The Common Palmfly butterfly is on my sidebar.
And all along I had thought that this was the Red Lacewing. But now I know it's the Leopard Lacewing/Cethosia cyane. It's widely distributed throughout the northern areas (Uttaranchal to Bihar) and the Northeast, and Orissa. It's also found in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.
Sometimes names aren't all that important when we enjoy what we see and photograph. But with a book like this one, it becomes so much easier. I should soon be able to identify the many species that I regularly see in my area!:)