The Butterfly Fauna of Sri Lanka


The book

  • The monograph( to be released shortly) ‘ The Butterfly Fauna of Sri Lanka’ has been written by Dr  van der Poorten  and his wife Nancy
  • It reflects the intensive field research activity of the past decade, but also his  personal experiences over the past 50 years in the field studying the butterflies of Sri Lanka.
  • It contains much new information and over 3300 images, mostly of live butterflies
  • The book has been written for the general public and for the younger generation who now need to continue with these efforts.
  • This comprehensive work describes and discusses the lives of all 247 species of butterflies in Sri Lanka and illustrates the adults of both sexes with color photographs taken in the field. Additionally, the egg, larva and pupaof each species whose life history is known are illustrated.

Several images portray rare species and behaviors that have not been documented before.

  • The bookis a landmark publication that fills  the lacuna  in the literature  on  butterflies in SL,  for the last 50 years, and is bound to be the definitive work in the field for many years to come.
  • As areference,  this  publication will be  an essential guide to the butterfly fauna of Sri Lanka. This book will interest, not only Sri Lankans and    butterfly enthusiasts, students, professional entomologists, biologists and conservationists around the world, but also the general  reader.

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Dr. George Michael  van der Poorten  (a brief sketch)

  • Over 50 years of experience studying butterflies in Sri Lanka.
  • Studied at Trinity College Kandy and graduated with an Honours degreefrom   the University of Peradeniya(1974). He has a M. Sc. in Crop Physiology and Ph.D in Plant Physiology from the University of Guelph.
  • Left for Canada in 1986, and also completed a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He worked for over 20 years in Canada in the field of Information Technology specializing in IBM Databases
  • Maintained his lifelong interest in butterflies and visited Sri Lanka regularly to pursue his studies on butterflies.
  • His unique 40-acre estate off Wariyapola, has as its most stunning feature a three acre butterfly garden, packed with larval food plants and nectaring flowers. The estate has recorded 137 species of butterflies and 118 species of birds, evidence of the ideal habitat that has been created here over the past 30 years.
  • Has studied the life histories of over 200 of our 247 butterfly species and has rediscovered many species that had not been seen for decades.
  • In 2008 he discovered a new butterfly, Catopsilia scylla, belonging to the family Pieridae, which is native to Australia, Singapore and Malaysia.
  • He also discovered a skipper new to Sri Lanka, Cephrenes trichopepla, a native of Australia. Both butterflies are now quite widespread across the country.
  • He has contributed a plethora of publications on the butterflies of Sri Lanka in prestigious international scientific journals
  • Is a key figure in in the conservation arena, as a consultant  to the Ministry of Environment and has been instrumental  in advocating the     setting up of butterfly gardens throughout  whilst also assisting the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society (WNPS) to establish 100 butterfly plots in schools  around the island.
  • He edited the Butterfly Conservation Action Plan (BuCAP) which is the first taxon-specific plan prepared in Sri Lanka.
  • He authored the 2012 Red List report of threatened species in Sri Lanka for the butterfly fauna

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සුවඳ වුණත් හැම මලක ම නොවසන සමනලයන් ගැන අපූරු පර්යේෂණයක්

සමනලයා පිළිබඳ ව අප බොහෝ දෙනෙකු තුළ නිවැරදි සාමාන්‍ය දැකීමක් හෝ නැත යනු අපේ හැඟීමයි. සමනලයා මලකින් මලකට පියඹා යනවා යැයි කීව ද චපල ගුණ ඇති තරුණයකු ඇතැම් විට සමනලයකුට උපමා කළ ද, සමනලයා සෑම මලකට ම නොවසයි. සෑම මලකින් ම පැණි උරා නොබොයි. ඕනෑම ශාකයක පත්‍රයක් මත බිජු නොදමයි. සමනලයෙක් ඕනෑම සමනලියක් … CONTINUE READING



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