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A Compilation and analysis of food plants utilization of Sri Lankan butterfly larvae (Papilionoidea)

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H D Jayasinghe ,

Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka, LK
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S S Rajapaksha,

Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka, 762/A, Yatihena, Malwana, LK
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C de Alwis

Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka, 762/A, Yatihena, Malwana, LK
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Abstract

Larval food plants (LFPs) of Sri Lankan butterflies are poorly documented in the historical literature and there is a great need to identify LFPs in conservation perspectives. Therefore, the current study was designed and carried out during the past decade. A list of LFPs for 207 butterfly species (Super family Papilionoidea) of Sri Lanka is presented based on local studies and includes 785 plant-butterfly combinations and 480 plant species. Many of these combinations are reported for the first time in Sri Lanka. The impact of introducing new plants on the dynamics of abundance and distribution of butterflies, the possibility of butterflies being pests on crops, and observations of LFPs of rare butterfly species, are discussed. This information is crucial for the conservation management of the butterfly fauna in Sri Lanka.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v6i2.7193

TAPROBANICA, 2014. Vol. 06, No. 02: pp. 110-130 pls. 12, 13.

How to Cite: Jayasinghe, H.D., Rajapaksha, S.S. & de Alwis, C., (2014). A Compilation and analysis of food plants utilization of Sri Lankan butterfly larvae (Papilionoidea). TAPROBANICA: The Journal of Asian Biodiversity. 6(2), pp.110–131. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/tapro.v6i2.7193
Published on 31 Aug 2014.
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