Annasi is a native plant of eastern
South America which was introduced
to Sri Lnaka and cultivates in commercial cultivations and home gardens for its
edible fruit. Escapes of the cultivations sometimes grow in dry rocky places with
hardy fruits with darker syncarp and they are known as ‘Galannasi’.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
An uncommon butterfly found from sea level to about 3500ft a.s.l. It is particularly common in low country dry zone during the north east monsoon. It takes part in migrations. W. Ormiston noted that once he encountered thousands of them both male and female settling on the road from about the 36th to the 28th mile of Wellawaya - Hambantota road while he was walking to Tanamalvila (Ormiston W. 1924). Female mimic the Plain tiger and most remarkable thing is, it mimics both forms of with and without subapical markings of the model (i.e. Plain tiger) . Its larval food plants are Genda-kola (Portulaca oleracea), Kapukinissa (Abelmoschus moschatus) and Napiriththa (Hibiscus furcatus)
Monday, June 25, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
An uncommon breeding resident of forests and neighboring well wooded gardens and plantations from lowlands to mid hills. It feeds on insects, berries and nectar of some flowers. Golden-fronted Leafbird lives as pairs. It breeds early in the year and nest is a shallow cup well concealed among foliage, where it lays two eggs.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
An uncommon butterfly occurs in lowland to mid hills of wet zone forests. It is a migratory species and Ormiston noted of ‘flights’ of Ceylon snow flats with Water snow flats together at Haldummulla toward west (Ormiston 1924). But usually it flies a short distance and settles with its wings expanded on the under side of a leaf. Its larva feeds on Heen Kabarossa (Smilax zeylanica) of family Smilacaceae. Female has more white on its hind wings than male(figured here).
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Friday, June 15, 2012
Common breeding resident in tanks, marshes, and lagoons of dry lowlands. Small introduced (Escaped birds from the Dehiwela zoo) population also present in
and nearby wetlands. It lives as small
parties though sometime solitary individuals as well as large flocks can be
seen. Its prey consists of fish, frogs, water snakes, crabs, lizards etc. G.M.
Henry noted a strange behavior of this stork of ‘whitewashing’ its legs, while
at rest, by squirting excreta over them (Henry G.M. 1998). Painted Stork breeds during
early months of the year colonially with other water birds on rather small nest
made out of sticks place on top of a tree usually growing in water. Colombo
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Monday, June 11, 2012
Common butterfly found in all elevations of the island throughout the year. It occurs in two color forms. Yellow form (as figured here) doesn't occurs without tail and typical or grey form sometime do occurs without tails (D’ Abrersa1998) Food plants are Hinguru vel (Accacia caesia) and Kobbe/Bu-Kobbe (Allophyluscobbe) of family Fabaceae and Sapindaceae respectively.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Lesser Albatross was a butterfly plentiful all over the island in all the year round (Ormiston W. 1924). Even during 1990s D’ Abrera mentioned it as “One of the very commonest butterflies on the island.... And one of the principal species that comprise the huge migrations of pieridae that sometimes fly across the country for days at a time” (D'abrera 1998). However today the situation is not so and it is one of the rare butterflies of the island found in intermediate to dry zones and in other elevations during the migratory season (Gamage R. 2007). Its early stages and larval food plants are unknown.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
White-naped Woodpecker/Black-rumped Woodpecker/Black-backed Yellow Woodpecker (Chrysocolaptes festivus)
Rather uncommon breeding resident found in dry low lands, mainly in coconut plantations. Scattered and local populations sometime occur in wet lowlands (e.g. Gampaha). Its food consists of wood boring insects and seeds. The breeding season is from January to March and probably again from August to September and nest hole often hewn in the trunk of a coconut tree where it lays two eggs.
Friday, June 1, 2012
Native tree of