Butterflies and Moths of Sri Lanka

NEWS ON BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF SRI LANKA

2010


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JKH goes environment friendly

Sunday Observer, SUNDAY, 21 MARCH 2010

The John Keells Social Responsibility Foundation has initiated five environmental projects. *Nature Field Centre at Rumassala, Galle * Butterfly Garden at Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana * Red Bag Project* Compost Project* and Paper Recycling Project The vast development taking place around has undoubtedly taken its toll on environment. Whilst a conscious collective effort is necessary to save the planet, the role large corporates can play in this process is limitless. The John Keells Group, which has a long history of good corporate citizenship, is one such organisation. While the Sustainability Initiative of the Group drives efforts at minimising the impact of the Group's operations on the environment, John Keells Social Responsibility Foundation spearheads the Group's commitment to give back to the communities and environment that have been the backbone of the Group's success.

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2010 Sri Lanka names its national butterfly - Endemic Troides Darsius flits to fame
Sunday Times, SUNDAY, 18 MARCH 2010 By Malaka Rodrigo

It is the largest Sri Lankan butterfly with a wingspan spreading 165-180 mm. Its large forewings are glossy black and hindwings bright yellow with a black margin making it ‘hard to miss’ when in flight. 
Scientifically classified as Troides darsius, this black and yellow butterfly - the Sri Lanka Birdwing found only in Sri Lanka has just been named Sri Lanka’s national butterfly.

The declaration of a national butterfly is aimed at raising public concern on butterfly conservation. Sri Lanka Birdwing was recommended as the National Butterfly by the Butterfly Expert Group established under the Biodiversity Secretariat of the Environment Ministry.

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Dane arrested for smuggling rare animals
DailyMirror, MONDAY, 08 FEBRUARY 2010

By K. G Karunaratna

A Danish national who had smuggled out rare species of butterflies, snakes and spiders from Sri Lanka was apprehended when a special team from the Environmental Authority raided his rented house. The authorities were able to recover several rare species from the premises

The suspect had illegally sent the animals abroad to prospective buyers using specially designed packages and had earned about four thousand rupees on each animal. He is reported have received assistance from local smugglers to collect some species

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