Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Baron (Euthalia aconthea vasanta)

Baron is a common butterfly found in all over the island up to about 3500ft in all year round. Larva of this butterfly feed on Mango (Mangifera psittacus) and Cashew, (Anacardium occidentale) both are extensively cultivated fruit trees. However both Woodhouse and Ormiston mentioned that it had not been recorded from Jaffna at that time even though mango trees are abundance in peninsula. It is also unclear current status of its distribution in Jaffna since latest works on butterfly fauna of Sri Lanka are silent on that issue. It has a very strong flight and they are fond of mud puddling at wet road sides or on forest tracks. Frequently it comes to decaying fruits.

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