Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Monday, December 23, 2013
Very common winter migrant inhabiting saltarns, estuaries, lagoons, mud-flats and marshes of dry zone coastal areas and occasionally in wet zone. It occurs as large to small flocks, sometime associating with other waders and feeds busily on numerous small organisms, worms, molluscs etc. exposed in mud-flats when tide is running out. It breeds in tundras in arctic eastern Asia.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Sunday, December 15, 2013
de Silva A., 2007 - The diversity of Horton plains national park (with specieal reference to its herpetofauna)
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Rare endemic butterfly found in wet zone forests up to elevation of about 3500ft. As per Woodhouse "it can be taken in numbers at the right time-April and July to September..." (Woodhouse L.G.O.,1950). d'Abrera also noted that it has only been sighted at certain times of the year from April sporadically to September (d' Abrera Bernard, 1998). Above specimen was photographed at Ingiriya forest reserve (Dombagaskandha) in mid February. Its larval host plant is යකඩ වැල් [Yakada-wel] (Ventilago madraspatana) (Gamage R., 2013) and also Ventilago gamblei (http://www.slbutterflies.lk/Butterfly.php?cid=43)
Monday, December 9, 2013
An endemic shrub found in forests and secondary scrub lands of montane areas in the central highlands. Flowering from November to March and unlike other Strobilanthes species this species appeared to be found in flower every year. Two varieties occurs in Sri Lanka and variety digitalis found only in knuckles range while variety viscosa restricted to central highlands around Adam's peak and Nuwaraeliya district.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Sri Lankan Wood Pigeon is a rare hill country bird inhabiting forests and well wooded places. It also visits some low country rain forests especially during fruiting season. It lives as solitary birds, as pairs or as small flocks and feeds on fruits. The breeding season last from February to May and again from August to October. The nest is a platform of twigs on the canopy of forest tree, where it lays single white egg.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Special thanks goes to Ishara Harshajith Wijewardhane - who discovered both plant and butterfly - for guiding us to above location.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Silver Forget-me-not is a very rare butterfly found in moist parts of the country though there are earlier records from Haldummulla and Wellawaya (Ormistom W., 1924). Males do mud puddling. No records available on its food plant or on early stages.
* Egg laying and larval feeding has been observed on වල් උඳු[Wal Undu] (Flemingia macrophylla) plants (Ishara Harshajith Wijewardhane, Personnal communication, November 24, 2013)