Butterflies and Moths of Sri Lanka

Articles for Junior Naturalists ON BUTTERFLIES AND MOTHS OF SRI LANKA


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Our National Butterfly ............................................................... Sunday Times, SUNDAY, 17 JANUARY 2010 By Malaka Rodrigo

Birdwing

Hi Kids…

We all know about Sri Lanka's National Bird – the Sri Lankan Junglefowl (wali kukula), National Tree – Ironwood (na tree) and National Flower – the Blue Water lily (nil manel). Add one more to that list – we now have a National Butterfly – the Sri Lanka Birdwing.

The Sri Lanka Birdwing is a beautiful butterfly with yellow and black wings. It is also the largest butterfly that lives in our country

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2010 International Year of Biodiversity - with Puncha & Panchie
Sunday Times, SUNDAY, 17 JANUARY 2010 By Malaka Rodrigo

White Four-ring Year 2010 – the International Year of Biodiversity dawned with new hopes. It was indeed a happy moment for Puncha & Panchie who planted trees to welcome the Year of Biodiversity. Both of them are now enjoying the gifts given by Santa Claus and exploring biodiversity around them.

"Aiya… what have you done to my plant?" Panchie started the day with a big complaint. "Look Seeya, aiya has torn the leaves of my plant!" Panchie was about to cry. "I haven't done anything," shouted Puncha from the backyard. He was busy observing the birds through his binoculars.

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2010 International Year of Biodiversity
Sunday Times, SUNDAY, 27 DECEMBER 2009 By Malaka Rodrigo

PlantingIt was Christmas. Puncha and Panchie got up early and rushed to their Christmas tree to see what Santa had brought them. To their joy, there were two gifts hanging on the Christmas tree wrapped in bright, shiny papers. They couldn't wait for Amma and Thaththa, so they jumped and picked up the gifts. "It is a magnifying glass", shouted Panchie looking at Aiya through her treasured gift. Puncha had taken a longer time to open his gift box. "Mine is a binocular…" Puncha shouted louder than his sister.

Both were joyous about the gifts they received. "Aiya, there is a note attached to my gift," said Panchie. Searching the bottom of the box, Puncha too found his note.

Both notes said "A gift to explore biodiversity around you in 2010, signed by Santa". "Biodiversity..? What is it Aiya?" questioned Panchie. Even Puncha was not too sure.

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