Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Jewel Four-ring (Ypthima singala)

Rather rare butterfly flies all the year round mainly in the Uva patanas from 500 -1500m elevations. Sightings also available from Galaha, Elpitiya, Haldummulla and Watawala. Larval host plant is not known though egg laying was observed in a unidentified grass species and larva has been successfully reared on Carpet grass/පොටු තණකොළ (Axonopus compressus) (van der Poorten, G. and van der Poorten, N. 2012)

van der Poorten, G. and N. van der Poorten, 2012. New and revised descriptions of the immature stages of some butterflies in Sri Lanka and their larval food plants (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae). Part 2: Subfamily Satyrinae. Tropical Lepidoptera, 22: 80–92.

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