Saturday, January 28, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Little Green Bee-eater is a very common breeding resident of open areas, cultivations and open spaces of forests in dry lowlands. Sometime perching birds on wires are not uncommon in suburban areas and it is occasional visitor to wet zone too. It usually encounters as pairs and communal roosting during the night are observed in bushy trees. Like all other bee-eaters its main food consists of varies type of flying insects like beetles, bees, butterflies, dragonflies, etc. and it darts out to feed on them from its favorite perching wires or branches of a tree and often return to same place to swallow its catch. Little green Bee-eater breeds during April to August and lays 3-5 white color eggs in a nesting burrow which it dug into the side of a bank.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
Very common butterfly found in open scrub lands throughout the island though very common in lowlands below 1000ft a.s.l . Larva feeds on leaves of Dragia volubilis (අගුණ). It takes part in migration.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
An aquatic indigenous herb common in ponds and tanks, particularly in dry zone. Seeds and rhizomes are edible and flowers use as temple offering. Color of the flowers vary from white to pink. Flowering throughout the year.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Eurasian Thick-knee is a breeding resident of mainly coastal dry zone areas while occasionally found in wet zone coastal areas as well. It lives in pairs or as small flocks, spending day time squatting on ground in the shade of small bush and as dusk descends it become active. It is mainly a crepuscular and nocturnal bird feeds on ground insects such as grasshoppers, beetles, termites, etc. and such small animals. Breeding season is from June to August and nest, a shallow scrape on the ground where it lays two eggs, well camouflaged with the ground by color and difficult to locate.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Rather uncommon butterfly of the hill country, which seldom found below 900m a.s.l. However at certain times of the year it is very common in higher hilly areas like Horton plains, Hakgala, Nuwaraeliya, Haputhale,Pattipola etc. Its larva feeds on Gas Kahabiliya/Giant nettle (Girardinia diversifolia) and it ties the leaves into a ball about the size of an orange and pupae can be found inside this ball (Ormiston W. 1924)
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Native to eastern
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Indian Sunbeam is an uncommon butterfly with rather unusual male-female distribution pattern in
. W. Ormistom wrote in last century that “the male is very plentiful in Wellawaya, and is almost
always found settled on wet roads and in river-beds. The female is scarce
there. At Sri Lanka I have found the male scarce, but the
female common.” (Ormiston W., 1924). Base on museum specimens de’Abrera
also confirmed this by stating “male is more visible south of the
central mountain range, whilst the female is more visible in the northern low
country dry zone.” (de’Abrera B., 1998) Female in above picture was photographed at Anavilundawa
sanctuary of North-Western province and male which is not shown here has
dissimilar bright copper red recto. Its larva feeds on various plants of Family
Fabaceae such as Gal-Karanda(Pongamia pinnata),
Anuradhapura (Abrus precatorius),
Bokala wel (Derris scandens) and also Heynea trijuga
of family Meliaceae (Gamage R., 2007) Olinda