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Volume 7 | Number 4 | November 2015 v7i4.198 cover 74


Volume 7 | Number 4 | November 2015
Short Note
ISSN: 1800-427X (print)
eISSN: 1800-427X (online)

Submitted date: 10 Sepetmber 2014
Accepted date: 12 February 2015
Published date: 15 August 2015
Pp. 250–252, Pls. 7–9.

The life cycle of Catochrysops panormus (Lycaenidae) in Sri Lanka

T.M.T.S. Priyadarshana* & G.V.I.H. Wijewardana
*Corresponding author. E-mail: tharakas.priyadarshana@gmail.com

The lycaenid butterfly, Catochrysops panormus Felder, 1860, is very rare and found in moist regions of Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, there are early records of the species from drier areas such as Haldummulla and Wellawaya. According to Woodhouse (1949) and d’Abrera (1998) the species has been recorded from ‘wet patches in the low-country dry zone’ in February and March, while it has also been recorded at high altitudes such as in Nuwara Eliya (~1900 m). The Sri Lankan population belongs to the nomino-typicale race. Nevertheless, very little is known about the natural history of C. panormus except for short species accounts in monographs on butterflies of Sri Lanka by Ormiston (1924), Woodhouse (1949) and d’Abrera (1998).

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