“The White Four Ring frequently flies among grasses and rarely ascends to bushes. It feeds on grass flowers and also visits herbaceous flowers among the grasses. It flies in both shady and sunny conditions, and its flight is weak and slow. When it is alarmed, it suddenly opens up its wings to display the large ‘eye spots’. If the threat further proceeds, it flies into a thicket.” [1]

“ The common leopard is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of 50–55 mm with a tawny colour and marked with black spots. The underside of the butterfly is more glossy than the upper and both the male and female are similar looking.” [1]

“This butterfly can be found in sparsely wooded gardens and scrub-lands. It is common throughout the island, becoming scarce towards the highest hills”[2]

“Argiope anasuja, is a species of harmless orb-weaver spider (family Araneidae) found from the Seychelles to India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and in the Maldives. Like other species of the same genus, it is known as a “signature spider”; it builds a web with a zig-zag stabilimentum somewhat resembling letters.[1]

Melanitis phedima, the dark evening brown,is a species of butterfly found flying at dusk. The flight of this species is erratic. They are found in south and southeast Asia.[1]

Quick Observation: We are very happy each time we see a different butterfly species visiting our garden. This time it was a Dark Evening Brown, observed in the evening on a wall. It wasn’t in a hurry. Calmly waited for a while.

[1] — https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanitis_phedima

‘It is commonly found all over the low country and in fewer numbers in the hills. It is the dominant Pansy in wet zone home gardens and parks. Females are usually seen in larger numbers near abandoned paddy fields in search of plants to lay eggs.’ [1]

Viraj Samarasekera

Viraj Samarasekera

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