Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
An uncommon butterfly of lowlands below 300m a.s.l. Much common in the dry zone and mostly appearing during the dry season of the year. It is usually found settling at the end of a twig or thorn of a tree. It flies close to the ground and much fond of roadsides of the open areas or shrubs rather than jungles. Food plants are Acacia species such as Acavia leucophloea (Katu Andara) and Acacia nilotica. African Babul blue also flies in
Africa, Arabia and . The larvae are
attended by ants (Woodhouse L.G.O. The Butterfly fauna of
India 1950) Ceylon
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
A common house gecko distributed throughout the country excluding higher altitudes. It can be distinguished from other species of the genus by 3 longitudinal rows of irregular dark brown spots which are smaller than eye and broken brown lateral band extending from snout to ear. Dorsal surface of the body got tubercles. It prey on insects and also rice and such man-made foods. Cannibalism has been observed among them and territorial fighting are also common where aggregation of more individuals are occurred such as lampposts where insects are abundant during the night. However it is usually found as pairs or sometime as small groups.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Aberrant Bushblue is one of the rarest butterflies of
though scattered records available from all elevations of the country. Here are some comments made by three pioneer authors on Sri Lankan butterfly on distribution of the Aberrant Bushblue. Sri Lanka
“I have never taken this personally, though, when fishing at Ambawella(6000ft) a small Amblypodia, settled close to me, which was either this or a new species. It is not very rare in the Hills above Ratnapura, and has been taken in
” – Ormiston W. The Butterflies of Colombo 1924 Ceylon
“It has not been captured for many years now, but Ormiston(1924) records…….” – Woodhouse L.G.O. The Butterfly fauna of
“This is a very rare butterfly, the only specimens I have seen being in the
(Natural History)” – D’Abrera, Bernard, The butterflies of British Museum -1998 Ceylon
No records available on its food plant or early stages of the life cycle.
*Above picture was taken at one of the remaining wet lowland forest patch of Gampaha district. It is highlighting the necessity of immediate actions to conserve these places with high biodiversity.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
An indigenous herb of about 2-3m height found in shady places of the low country. Roots use in traditional ayurvedic medicine to cure catarrhal fevers, coughs, dyspepsia, worms and skin diseases (Medicinal plants used in Ceylon part5 – D.M.A. Jayaweera). Leaves edible and there is a popular belief that it can reduce the sugar level of the blood and hence good for diabetics patients.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Very common butterfly flying throughout the year and abundant in everywhere of the island. It takes part in migrations. Larva feeds on varies plants of Fabaceae, Malvaceae and Tiliaceae such as Wanduru or Lee Me (Vigna unguiculata) and Awara (Canavalia gladiata)