Friday, April 17, 2015

Common Bluebottle (Graphium sarpedon teredon)

Common butterfly flies all the year round in the southwestern wet lowlands up to the hills. Rather local and uncommon in the dry lowlands and absent in the extreme north. Males often come to mud puddling. It has a fast flight. Bluebottle does not take part in migrations. Larva feeds on leaves of Cinnamomum verum(කුරුදු), Cinnamomum capparu-coronde(කපුරු කුරුඳු), Cinnamomum dubium(සෙවල කුරුඳු), Cinnamomum ovalifolium, Neolitsea cassia(කුඩුදවුල/දවුල් කුරුදු), Neolitsea fuscata, Litsea gardneri(තලන්), and Actinodaphne stenophylla(නික දවුල)*

van der Poorten, G. and van der Poorten N., 2011. New and revised descriptions of the immature stages of some butterflies in Sri Lanka and their larval food plants (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). The Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, 44: 111–127. 
Jayasinghe H.D., Rajapaksha S.S. & de Alwis C. 2014 A Compilation and Analysis of food plants utilization of Sri Lankan butterfly larva (Papilionoidea) TaprobanicaVol 6(2) 110-131pp.

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