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Common Tinsel

Catapaecilma major


Males are invariably encountered singly, either perching on foliage, or imbibing moisture from the ground. They always rest with the wings held erect. Females are normally only seen in flight, when searching for oviposition sites.


forest patch, near a rubber plantation


"When I first came to this estate in 1889, this butterfly was plentiful on one field of tea. An adjoining chena was then cleared, and it entirely disappeared, and I never saw another specimen till August, 1915, when I took a male near Haldummulla kaddies. I have since obtained two more specimens from Haldummulla. I have never come across it in my travels, and the native collectors have never brought me a specimen, so it must be very rare, or local " - (Ormiston W., 1924) "This butterfly very occasional caught by a few of the Ceylonese catchers in Kandy, from September to March along the road to Kurunegala near Galagedara" (Woodhouse L.G.O., 1950) "Today the one of the rarest butterflies in the country, and among the few specimens in collections, very few are in perfect conditions. I saw it every year between 1952 and 1956 in a certain spot in the Uduwattakelle, but on subsequent visits have failed to see it" (d' Abrera B., 1998)

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27 Comments (1–25)

Rithmini Dinhara
Rithmini Dinhara 3 weeks ago

Soo beautiful!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

Patterns on it are pure Sri Lankan. Water and oil colours with collage. What a 3-D picture! Just beauty! Congrats on SOTD!

induruh 6 years ago

Congrats on the SOTD! Keep it up aiya!

JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago

Amazing subject and flawless photography!

Great spotting Nuwan,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

ToshimiDowaki 6 years ago

Great spotting! What a beautiful butterfly!

Bhawnavij 6 years ago

What a lovely creature! Looks like it is wearing furry boots!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 6 years ago

AWESOME capture Nuwan.... Congrats

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

A great spotting - rare and beautiful ! I hope no one is after them for collections. Thanks for sharing this beauty Nuwan and Congratulations !!

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Great find Nuwan!!! Congrats!!

dominique.eghlidi 6 years ago


Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 6 years ago

Cool butterfly, congrats Nuwan!

James McNair
James McNair 6 years ago

Congrats Nuwan....well deserved

beaker98 6 years ago

Congrats Nuwan! It is a gorgeous shot!

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congrats and Happy New Year Nuwan!

namitha 6 years ago

Congratulations!!!:) Beautiful spotting

NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

Thank you very much for SOTD, Yasser!
@Leana, induru malli, Viv, Sukanya, staccyh & Desmond.E.S.O - Thanks a lot!
Happy New Year Everyone!!!

Desmond.E.S.O 6 years ago

Congrats, on SOTD Nuwan!

staccyh 6 years ago

Congrats on sotd! :)

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Congratulations, Nuwan.

VivBraznell 6 years ago

Great spotting Nuwan .. congratulations on the SOTD!

Yasser 6 years ago

Nuwan, you have earned your first Spotting of the Day for 2015 with this beautiful butterfly! I'm sure it will be the first of many again this year and we can't wait to see what you share next. Congrats again and here's to a wild and wonderful New Year!


induruh 6 years ago

So beautiful; so fragile little creatures. We should protect each and every bit of LIFE. A perfect spot Nuwan aiya.


NuwanChathuranga 6 years ago

Thank you Maria!
Thank you Marta!

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Gampaha, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jan 3, 2015
Submitted on Jan 3, 2015

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