Sunday, July 27, 2014

Indian Sunbeam (Curetis thetis)

English : Indian Sunbeam
Binomial Name : Curetis thetis
Indian Sunbeam is an uncommon butterfly of Sri Lanka and distributed across Indian sub continent. More common in dry zone compared to wet zone. It has been found in all over the island up to 900 meters above the sea level. Female of this butterfly is rare to find compared to male. Male can be identified easily by brightly colored upperside. Upperside of the female is dark brownish-black.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hypericum mysorense (Norysca mysorensis)

Binomial Name : Hypericum mysorense
H. mysorense is a shrub with yellow flowers commonly found in central highlands of Sri Lanka. Apart from Sri Lanka this plant can be seen in mountains of Western Ghats of India. It has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for treating in anxiety and inflammation. Recent scientific researches have revealed that extracts of this plant has an ability to react against viral disease, herpes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

White-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)

English : White-throated kingfisher
Binomial Name : Halcyon smyrnensis
Sinhala : ළයසුදු මැදි-පිළිහුඩුවා [Laya sudu medi pilihuduwa]
Very common bird of Sri Lanka and can be seen in all environmental regions. Mostly live in areas near to water. Few sub species of this bird have been identified around the world and the one lives in Sri Lanka is H. s. fusca. They are predators and feed on frogs, crustaceans and insects, worms etc. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sri Lanka cat snake (Boiga ceylonensis)

English : Sri Lanka cat snake
Binomial Name : Boiga ceylonensis
Sinhala : නිදි මාපිලා[Nidi mapila]
Boiga ceylonensis is a mildly venomous species of snake lives in Sri Lanka and India.
This snake is nocturnal and lives in evergreen forests. They mainly feed on lizards and geckos. In Sri Lanka there is a belief that this snake is highly venomous and bites people at night while sleeping to die in the sleep.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Oberonia scyllae

Binomial Name : Oberonia scyllae
Oberonia scyllae is an endemic orchid of Sri Lanka that can be seen in sub mountain zone.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Pitcher plant (Nepenthes distillatoria)

English : Pitcher plant
Binomial Name : Nepenthes distillatoria
Sinhala : බාඳුරා [Bandura]
Nepenthes distillatoria is the only species of Nepenthes that grows naturally in Sri Lanka. It Can be seen in wet zone rain forest such as Sinharaja and Kanneliya. This carnivorous plant is endemic to Sri Lanka.