Sunday, February 28, 2021

Ceylon Hedge Blue/Sri Lanka Hedge Blue (Udara lanka)

An endemic butterfly common in the forested areas above 1100 m elevations. It is much common in the first four months of the year, especially at the Horton Plains National Park and the vicinity. Both male and female flies in the canopy to feed on nectar of forest flowers. The male also descends to the ground to mudsip and to feed on scats. Its larva feeds on flower buds and seed pods of Smithia blanda. Persicaria chinensis is also identified as a larval food plant of this butterfly. 


Monday, February 22, 2021