Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Redspot (Zesius chrysomallus)

Common butterfly found all over the island from lowlands to mid hills up to about 2500ft. Larvae of Red spot has symbiotic relationship with large red ants. Red ants feed on liquid exuded by the larvae and in turn are attended by them. The larva feeds on Kaju [කජු]/Cashew nut (Anacardium occidentale), Pera[පේර]/Guava (Psidium guajava) Terminalia spp. Ehella[ඇහැල]/Indian laburnum (Cassia fistula) and Loranthus spp. (Pilila/පිලිල)

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