Sunday, February 17, 2019

ඉල්ල[Illa] (Callicarpa tomentosa)

Common native shrub or small tree of scrublands, home gardens, forests edges and roadsides of wet lowlands and the hill country. Flowering from August to September and March.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Balloon Cottonbush (Gomphocarpus physocarpus)

An introduced herb or small shrub native to the South and tropical Africa. Cultivated, escaped and naturalized mainly in the hill country (Below Hakgala on the way to the former Fort Macdonald ). Flowering throughout the year.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

යක් වනස්ස [Yak Wanassa] (Anisomeles indica)

An indigenous perennial herb. Common weed in waste places and roadsides in both dry and wet lowlands and lower hills from sea level to 700 m elevations.  Flowering from September to February and July. 

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Yellow Orange Tip (Ixias pyrene cingalensis)

Rather common butterfly flies all the year round, mainly in the dry zone scrub jungles, forests and waste places. It also occurs in the intermediate zone. Its numbers increase with the northeast monsoons. Males sometimes settle on wet patches on the roads and river beds. It is a migratory species and larva feeds on Capparis sepiaria, Capparis grandis and probably on Capparis divaricata.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Crested Treeswift/Indian Crested Swift/Grey-rumped Treeswift/සිළු රුක් තුරිතයා/රුක් තුරිතයා [Silu Rukturitaya/Rukturitaya] (Hemiprocne coronata)

Rather common breeding resident occurs from lowlands to mid hills (Up to 1000 m elevations) mainly in the dry zone, while scarce from wet lowlands to hills. It prefers open country with tress and often encounters as pairs or several pairs together. It makes a nest, a small cup made out of of barks. mosses and lichens glued to a branch and parents takes it in turns to incubate (See above male bird on the left) Breeding season lasts from March to May and sometimes from July to August. Crested Treeswift feeds mainly on small flying insects. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Ammannia baccifera

An indigenous annual herb occurs in damp places or in water, paddy fields, seasonal ponds, roadside ditches and damp sandy places of the lowlands.