Butterflies are a fascinating species with their beautiful colors and their interesting life cycle. It is said that there are millions and billions of insect species and the ones that we know of are but a drop in the ocean. The tens of thousands of species of Butterflies indeed seem to prove this true. Watching and discovering the secrets of these simple insects is a very complex mission.
Though very similar to bird watching, unlike birds, Butterflies do not have any obvious visual or auditory clues, such as calls or tail wagging, for their locations, species or actions. It is entirely up to the expertise of the watcher to find and identify a species. Butterflies of different species can be so similar in color and pattern as to confound even the greatest experts. Hence it can be very gratifying to identify and classify a butterfly correctly. It is indeed a fine day, when a dedicated butterfly watcher finds a unique cocoon, just starting to break open as the newborn butterfly stretches its wings for its very first flight. Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise, that has proven to be a haven for varied species of Butterflies throughout the ages. Texts from the 1800s and 1900s by well known British personages show that Sri Lanka was the place to visit for butterfly researchers from all over the world. Today Sri Lanka is home to over 245 known species of Butterflies, 23 of which are endemic. Of these species, 76 are listed as threatened nationally and the Ceylon Rose, a butterfly endemic to the island, is on the global list of critically endangered species.
Sri Lankan Endemic Butterflies
- Ceylon Tree-Nymph (Idea iasonia)
- Ceylon Tiger (Parantica taprobana)
- Ceylon Palmfly (Elymnias singhala)
- Ceylon Treebrown (Lethe daretis)
- Ceylon Forester (Lethe dynsate)
- Cingalese Bushbrown (Mycalesis rama)
- Sinhalese five-ring (Ypthima singala)
- Blue Oak Leaf (Kallima philarchus)
- Ormiston's Oakblue (Arhopala ormistoni)
- Ceylon Cerulean (Jamides coruscans)
- Milky Cerulean (Jamides lacteata)
- Woodhouse's Four Lineblue (Nacaduba ollyetti)
- Pale Ceylon Six Lineblue (Nacaduba Sinhala)
- Green's Silverline (Cigaritis greeni)
- Clouded Silverline (Cigaritis nubilus)
- Ceylon Indigo Royal (Tajuria arida)
- Ceylon Hedge Blue (Udara lanka)
- Lesser Albatross (Appias galena)
- One Spot Grass Yellow (Eurema andersonii)
- Ceylon Rose (Pachliopta jophon)
- Common Birdwing (Troides darsius)
- Black Flat (Celaenorrhinus spilothyrus)
- Decorated Ace (Halpe decorate)
Most of the species of Butterflies present in Sri Lanka, call the foothills (up to 3000 feet / 910m), especially places such as the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, home. However, there are some that stay exclusively in the higher mountain ranges (above 4000 feet) or in the lower dry zones such as the Yala National park. The two monsoon seasons, between March to April and September to October, sees a marked increase in the numbers of Butterflies.
We, at Lakpura, would like to show you the beauty of our homeland and offer you this unique opportunity to live every child’s dream; to walk in the land of Butterflies. Watch with us as the colors rise from fields of flowers, taking to the air with gauzy wings. Hold little pieces of flying colors or feed them the nectar of the gods. Walk trails no man has ever trodden in search of elusive and rare Butterflies as we guide you to their habitats. Travel in safety and comfort with Lakpura’s Butterfly Beats Tour as we give you the best guides to the secretive butterfly habitats in order to show you the rarest and most colorful species of Butterflies.
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