Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Glassy Tiger(Parantica aglea)

Common at all elevations of the southern part of the country in all the year round while much plentiful during Northeast monsoon period. Scarce in the northern parts of the island. Larva feeds on Wara (Calotropis gigantean) and Tylophora species of family Asclepiadaceae and Wal-ruk-attana (Cryptolepis buchananii) of family Periplocaceae. According to the D’Abrera it  is a slow and low flying insect not rising more than 5 or 6 feet above the ground usually, and then only when the temperature is not too hot (The Butterflies of Ceylon - D'abrera 1998)

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