Saturday, January 31, 2015

Butler’s Spotted Pierrot (Tarucus callinara)

Locally common butterfly confine to the southern arid zone areas, usually close to the coast from Hambantota to Yala. Also occurs in nearby inland dry zone areas. It flies slowly close to the ground and often settles on flowers. Larva feeds on leaves of Ziziphus mauritiana[දෙබර/මහ දෙබර/මසන්/Indian jujube/Chinese apple] (van Der poorten G. & van Der poorten N., 2013)

References:

van Der poorten G. & van Der poorten N., 2013, New and revised descriptions of the immature stages of some butterflies in
Sri Lanka and their larval food plants (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Part 1:
Polyommatinae and Theclinae, in part. The Journal of Research on the Lepidopters Vol 46: 25-49p.

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