Saturday, October 1, 2011

Common Cerulean (Jamides celeno tissama)


A Common butterfly of the island found in all climatic zones throughout the year.  W.Ormiston described unusual habit of male Common cerulean of taking up a position for days, and attacking every butterfly of about its own size that passes (The Butterflies of Ceylon Ormiston W. 1924). Larva of Common cerulean feeds on Gal-karanda(Pongamia pinnata), Ashoka (Saraca asoca), Gas - Kela (Butea monosperma) and Olinda (Abrus precatorius) (An Illustrated guide to Butterflies of Ceylon – Rajika Gamage – 2007)

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