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Butterfly - The Great Eggfly (female)
The Great Eggfly (female)
Butterfly - The Great Eggfly (male)
The Great Eggfly (male)
Butterfly - Brown King Crow
Brown King Crow
(Euploea sp.)
 

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Butterflies

  • Oh! The Quivering beauties! Folklore has it that they were the creatures who lead ancient kings to " Adams Peak" Sri Lanka 's sacred mountain, to worship the footprints of Lord Buddha. The ancient Sri Lankan villager believed that they flew in thousands on pilgrimage to Adams Peak, to die at the footprints of Buddha, a belief probably based on the seasonal migration of butterflies.

  • Sri Lanka is home to 242 species of these flying jewels, with 42 species being endemic. The country also holds some species who exhibit very interesting characters such as The Great Egg Fly.

•  The Great Egg Fly ( Hypolimna bolina ) is a scientific curiosity presenting a genetic riddle that had defiled many attempts to solve it. The most variable of the butterflies in the country, the female Great Eggfly closely mimics those of the genus Euploea, a Butterfly toxic to birds. It takes many variations of appearance from time to time, as well.
Another interesting feature lies in its reproduction. A substantial amount of Great Eggfly broods produce only females creating a great excess of the sex where many stay unmarked. As many as 50% of females produce only females from generation to generation, where males are killed at the egg or early larvae stage. The reason for this phenomenon is unknown. However, the wonder lies in the fact that the species flourishes despite of the factor.

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Gey Pansy
•  Grey Pansy Common butterfly to the lowlands and foothills in Sri Lanka . Prefer paddy fields and open areas where Lantana flowers are, and settle on the flowers.

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•  Common Jazebel Found throughout Sri Lanka . Flight is weak and often visit flowers. During dry weather settles on shady places. More active in sunny mornings.

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Common Mormon
•  Common Mormon A common butterfly in Sri Lanka . Found through out the island but rare in the high hills. Takes part in inland migration.

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•  Common Rose A common butterfly and found throughout the island. Takes part in inland migration. Female has less red in the body and forewings are more rounded.

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Banded Peacock
•  Common Banded Peacock A very beautiful and rare butterfly. Found in wooded areas of lowlands to high hills. Takes part in internal migration.

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Glad Eye Bush Brown
•  Gladeye Bush Brown A small and colorful butterfly. Found throughout the island. Prefers jungles. Flight is weak.

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Common Pierrot
•  Common Pierrot A small and common butterfly. Flight weak and low, often basks in the sun. Found in the lowlands and foot hills. Takes part in internal migration.

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Blue Mormon
•  Blue Mormon Endemic and one of the biggest butterflies in Sri Lanka . Foung throughout in the island. Flight strong and fast. Sexes similar but female is larger.

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Red Pierrot
•  Red Pierrot A small and common butterfly. Found in jungles,scrubs and home gardens in the low lands to mid hills. Flight weak and low. Sexes similar.

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Common Birdwing
•  Common Birdwing One of the biggest butterflies in Sri Lanka . Found through the island but rare in high hills. Takes part in internal migration. Endemic to Sri Lanka .

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Common Glassy Tiger
•  Glassy Tiger Very common butterfly in the southern part of the island. Prefer to rest in the shade of forest during the heat of the day. Sexes similar. Takes part in migration.

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Plain Tiger
•  Plain Tiger A common butterfly, found throughout the island. Flight slow. Prefers open woodland and scrub jungles. Often settling on flowers. Sexes similar.

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Common Indian Crow
•  Common Indian Crow Very common and found throughout the island. Takes part in internal migration. Prefers to settle on dump earth. Female has no white bar on upper forewing.

 

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