Monday, July 6, 2015

Common Jay (Graphium doson)

Common butterfly widely distributed throughout the country except in the far north. Males often settle in large numbers on wet patches on gravel roads, river beds, etc. It takes parts in migrations and sometimes flies in great numbers. The larva feeds on Polyalthia cerasoides[Patta-Ul-Kenda/පට්ට උල්කෙන්ද], Polyalthia korinti[Mi-Wenna, Ul-Kenda/මීවැන්න/උල් කෙන්ද], and Miliusa indica*[Kekili-Messa/කැකිලිමැස්ස](1)

(1) 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.
* Larva ate tender leaves and flowers only in the lab.

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