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Ypthima ceylonica


Scientific classification Kingdom : Animalia Phylum : Arthropoda Class : Insecta Order : Lepidoptera Family : Satyridae Subfamily: Satyrinae Genus : Ypthima Hübner, 1818 Species : Y. ceylonica


A very common butterfly from sea level to 4000 feet elevation. It is found everywhere, all year round. It is especially common along roadsides, edges of rice fields, gardens and other weedy places.


A lively little joyful butterfly that flies all day long among the short grass and herbs in its habitat in large groups. Its flight is weak and can be considered as a short skip or a bounce closer to the ground. It moves forward in a zigzag manner with a few crisp wing beats, often settling at regular intervals to rest nectar. It is very fondness for walking along surfaces of large leaves, illuminating dark areas of the jungle with its bright white hind wings. If disturbed, it goes immediately to ground, trying to hide in low shrubs or thick grass within security but it does not remain very long. It is one of the first butterflies to come out in the morning, even in damp conditions and has a tendency to bask in the early morning with its wings partly open. In the evening, it moves into a nearby thicket to spend the night, where it will rest on a low leaf or twig with its wings over its back.

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IndikaJayatissa 8 years ago

Thanks alot Nuwan Aiya :)

NuwanChathuranga 8 years ago

hi Indika malii great capture! Welcome to Noah :-)

IndikaJayatissa 8 years ago

Ah thanks for informing about this machan !!!

Welcome to Project Noah machan!

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Galle, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Jan 9, 2013
Submitted on Jan 9, 2013


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