Butterflies and Moths of Sri Lanka

Classification OF BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF SRI LANKA


 

The Order Lepidoptera is the second largest insect Order in the island with about 2160 species. At least 195 of them are true Butterflies and 49 are Skippers, rest being macro and micro Moths. These numbers include 23 species of Endemic butterflies. Endemicity of other Lepidoptera is still uncertain and cannot give exact figure without further studies.

 

Classification for Butterflies of Sri Lanka

Classified in to 11 Families. This classification was first used by D' Abrera (1998) in his work in 'The Butterflies of Ceylon'. The same classification is followed in this Website, And is followed by many reasent authors ( Van der Poorten, 2006, Wikramanayake  A. & A., 2006, Gamage R., 2007) as well.

Superfamily
 
Family
 
PAPILIONOIDEA
  Papilionidae  
  Pieridae  
  Danaidae  
  Nymphalidae  
  Libytheidae  
  Acraeidae  
  Amathusiidae  
  Satyridae  
  Lycaenidae  
  Riodinidae  
HESPERIOIDEA
  Hesperiidae  

Other Classification sysytems for Butterflies of Sri Lanka

Classified in to five Families. Five other families are classified as subfamilies of Nymphalidae and Riodinidae also a sub family of Lycanidae. This is based on the classification of Ackery et. al (1999), and is used by reasent authors (Perera & Bambaradeniya, 2006).

Superfamily
 
Family
sub-Family
PAPILIONOIDEA
  Papilionidae  
    Pieridae  
  Nymphalidae Danainae
    Libytheinae
    Amathusiinae
    Satyrinae
    Acraeinae
  Lycaenidae Lycaeninae
    Riodininae
     
HESPERIOIDEA
  Hesperiidae  

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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