Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Striped Albatross ( Appias libythea libythea)




Rather rare butterfly of dry low lands but found in all elevations during migratory season from November to December. W. Ormiston stated that it is abundant in the Hambantota district in March and May and in the Mannar in July, November and January. (Ormiston W. 1924). Males often mud puddles on wet places to absorb minerals.  Its larva feeds on varies Capparis species of the family Capparidaceae such as Capparis sepiaria, Capparis roxburghii(S: Kalu-illan gedi), Capparis zeylanica (S: Sudu-welangiriya). 

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