BUTTERFLY WATCHING TOURS IN SRI LANKA

It is possible to observe around 40 species of the butterflies listed below while on our birdwatching or wildlife watching tours, if special attention is given to them.

However, to find most of the butterfly species in the list it is necessary to organise a special butterfly watching tour by making some alterations in the given itineraries: by replacing and/or adding certain sites. There are a total of 242 species of butterflies (including Hesperids) recorded to date in Sri Lanka. This includes 20 species (excluding the Hesperids) which are endemic to the Island

When to watch butterflies in Sri Lanka: Butterflies can be watched throughout the year while on bird or wildlife tours. However there are two seasons where butterfly populations increase significantly.

Visitors who have a special interest in butterflies will find it is very beneficial to do bird or wildlife watching tours, or special butterfly watching tours, during one of these two seasons.

The table below shows a number of possible sites for each species and the number of chances available to try them on each itinerary

The list below follows the butterfly names and taxonomy in The Butterflies of Ceylon (1998) by Bernard d’Abrera.

Note: If the number of ‘chances’ for a species is more than the number of ‘sites’ this indicates that the possibility of finding that species is significantly high and thus it can be expected to be seen on most of our special butterfly watching tours . The species usually seen on most of our bird watching and wildlife watching tours are indicated with:#

E– Endemic to Sri Lanka
Species

 

Number of possible sites and chances in each itinerary
Itinerary 1Itinerary 2Itinerary 3Itinerary 4

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances
Common Birdwing –Troides darsiusE #47474747
Crimson Rose –Pachliopta hector #71081191223
Ceylon Rose – Pachliopta jophon E24242424
Common Rose – Pachliopta aristolochiae#586105835
Banded Peacock- Papilio crino #46575722
Lime Butterfly – Papilio demoleus #10101112101055
Red Helen – Papilio helenus #57575757
Common Mormon –Papilio polytes #101511161015510
Blue Mormon – Papilio polymnestor #71181371169
Mime – Chilasa clytia 11111111
Bluebottle – Graphium sarpedon #71171181258
Common Jay – Graphium doson #77777744
Tailed Jay – Graphium Agamemnon #77777744
Spot Swordtail – Pathysa nomius 44665522
E– Endemic to Sri Lanka
Species

 

Number of possible sites and chances in each itinerary
Itinerary 1Itinerary 2Itinerary 3Itinerary 4

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances
Psyche – Leptosia nina #111813201118714
Common Jezebel – Delias eucharis #132013201523812
Painted Saw-tooth – Prioneris sita22334511
Pioneer – Belenois aurota333344  
Common Gull – Cepora nerissa343434  
Lesser Gull – Cepora nadina111111  
 
Chocolate Albatross – Appias lyncida #44446933
Common Albatross – Appias albina #68687934
Lesser Albatross – Appias paulina #9139131014710
White Orange Tip – Ixias Marianne111122  

Yellow Orange Tip – Ixias pyrene

333333  
Great Orange Tip – Hebomoia glaucippe #34455712
Dark Wanderer – Pareronia ceylanica44555611
Small Salmon Arab – Colotis amata22333311
Large Salmon Arab – Colotis fausta222233  
 

Little Orange Tip – Colotis etrida

111111  
Mottled Immigrant – Catopsilia pyranthe55555522
Lemon Migrant – Catopsilia Pomona #132213221628613
Small Grass Yellow – Eurema brigitta #797981157
Common Grass Yellow – Eurema hecabe #686871056
Three-spot Grass Yellow – Eurema blanda #67677956
E– Endemic to Sri Lanka
Species

 

Number of possible sites and chances in each itinerary
Itinerary 1Itinerary 2Itinerary 3Itinerary 4

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances
Tree Nymph – Idea iasonia E #46464646
Blue Glassy Tiger – Ideopsis similes #686881068
Blue Tiger – Tirumala limniace #46464646
Dark Blue Tiger – Tirumala septentrionis #6879101623
Glassy Tiger – Parantica aglea #61071181335
Ceylon Tiger – Parantica taprobana E #35353535
Plain Tiger – Danaus chrysippus #111812181424710
Common Tiger – Danaus genutia #10141014121869
Common Crow – Euploea core #11201120132479
Double-banded Crow – Euploea sylvester44444444
King Crow – Euploea phaenareta #12121212
         
Angled Castor – Ariadne ariadne #35463511
Common Castor – Ariadne merione #34454511
 
Rustic – Cupha erymanthis #46464646
Leopard – Phalantha phantha #81291391456
Small Leopard – Phalantha alcippe #1*1*1*1*
Cruiser – Vindula erota44444444
Tamil Yeoman – Cirrochroa thais34344511
         
Indian Fritillary – Argynnis hyperbius22222222
Indian Red Admiral – Vanessa indica56565656
Painted Lady – Vanessa cardui22222222
E– Endemic to Sri Lanka
Species

 

Number of possible sites and chances in each itinerary
Itinerary 1Itinerary 2Itinerary 3Itinerary 4

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances
Blue Admiral – Kaniska canace33333333
Blue Pansy – Junonia orithya2*2*2*  
Grey Pansy – Junonia atlites #122512251430715
Chocolate Soldier – Junonia iphita66667755
Peacock Pansy – Junonia almanac676781046
Great Eggfly – Hypolimnas bolina66666655
Danaid Eggfly – Hypolimnas misippus 68687955
Blue Oakleaf – Kallima philarchus E2*2*2*2*
Common Lasker – Pantoporia hordonia33333333
Common Sailor – Neptis hylas #101910191224712
Chestnut-streaked Sailor – Neptis jumbah #81081081079
Commander – Moduza procris #56565656
Clipper – Parthenos Sylvia33333333
Red spot Duke – Dophla evelina2*2*2*2*
Baron – Euthalia aconthea56565656
Nawab – Polyura athamas22222222
Tawny Rajah – Charaxes psaphon22224611
Beak – Libythea celtis22222222
Club Beak – Libythea myrrha #34343434
Tawny Coster – Acraea violae #77778866
Southern Duffer – Discophora lepida #2*2*2*2*
Common Evening Brown – Melanitis leda #81081091167
Dark Evening Brown – Melanitis phedima #44444444
Tamil Treebrown – Lethe drypetis #22222222
E– Endemic to Sri Lanka
Species

 

Number of possible sites and chances in each itinerary
Itinerary 1Itinerary 2Itinerary 3Itinerary 4

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances
Ceylon Treebrown – Lethe daretis E22222222
Ceylon Forester – Lethe dynaste E1*1*1*1*
Common Tree Brown – Lethe rohria34343434
Nigger – Orsotriaena medus #81181191357
Tamil Bushbrown – Mycalesis visala23232323
Dark-brand Bushbrown – Mycalesis mineus22222222
Common Bushbrown – Mycalesis perseus44444444
Cingalese Bushbrown – Mycalesis rama E1*1*1*1*
Gladeye Bushbrown – Nissanga patina81281291469
Common Palmfly – Elymnias hypermnestra66666655
Ceylon Palmfly – Elymnias singala E1*1*1*1*
White Four-ring – Ypthima ceylonica #101410141216710
Jewel Four-ring – Ypthima singala E  12    
         
Indian Sunbeam – Curetis thetis111122  
Ormiston’s Oakblue – Arhopala ormistoni E        
Common Acacia Blue – Surendra vivarna11111111
Yamfly – Loxura atymnus44444444
Common Silverline – Spindasis vulcanus11111111
Plumbeous Silverline – Spindasis schistacea11111111
Clouded Silverline – Spindasis nubilus E1*1*1*1*
Ceylon Indigo Royal – Tajuria arida E1*1*1*1*
Woodhouse’s 4-lineblue – Nacaduba
ollyetti
E
1*1*1*1*
E– Endemic to Sri Lanka
Species

 

Number of possible sites and chances in each itinerary
Itinerary 1Itinerary 2Itinerary 3Itinerary 4

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances

Sites

Chances
Pale Ceylon 6-lineblue – Nacaduba sinhala E1*1*1*1*
Common Lineblue – Prosotas nora11111111
White-tipped Lineblue – Prosotas noreia E1*1*1*1*
Dark Cerulean – Jamides bochus34343434
Ceylon Cerulean – Jamides coruscans E1*1*1*1*
Metallic Cerulean – Jamides alecto34343434
Common Cerulean – Jamides celeno #810810101257
Common Pierrot – Castalius rosimon #45566945
Banded Blue Pierrot – Discolampa ethion33444411
Angled Pierrot – Caleta decidia #56686833
Striped Pierrot – Tarucus nara22112211
Grass Jewel – Freyeria trochilus12122311
Tiny Grass Blue – Zizula hylax #67677834
Red Pierrot – Talicada nyseus #6781081045
Indian Cupid – Everes lacturnus #89898967
Common Hedge Blue – Actyolepis puspa35353535
Ceylon Hedge Blue – Udara lanka E22222222
Plum Judy – Abisara echerius35353535
 
Brown Awl – Badamia exclamationis12122312
Indian Awl King – Choaspes benjaminii22332222
Common Banded Awl – Hasora chromus #23353423
White Banded Awl – Hasora taminatus22222222
Tricolour Pied Flat – Coladenia indranii34343434
Decorated Ace – Halpe decorate E1*1*1*1*
Rare Ace – Halpe egena E        
E 20# 55