Westford Butterfly Place Ma Butterflies have fascinated us for his or her beauty, frailty and the mystery surrounding its life. For time immortal, the fantastic thing about butterflies had not only inspired poetic and inventive creativeness, but in addition has captured the curiosity of even of the small children.
It is clear that even our ancestors were moved by their behavior. After they observed 1000's of butterflies migrating towards "Sripada" (the sacred mountain which the Buddhists imagine the Buddha's foot print was stamped) throughout the pilgrim season, they believed that the butterflies were migrating to pay homage to the Buddha. Thus they went to the extent of naming probably the most sacred mountain of Sri Lanka, the Sripada, as "Samanala kanda".
At present, though this migration still takes place in some areas of Sri Lanka, it couldn't been seen in a lot of the areas, attributable to human intervention on the environment. Thus it's sad to note that a lot of the present younger era, has not seen this nature's fascinating spectacle. Still there is hope, as environmentalist and others who've taken curiosity on this subject, has discovered that by offering the necessary surroundings, we may still recreate this vanishing butterfly migration.
Researchers have discovered by way of fossil proof, the butterflies have been on this earth for over 30million years. When classifying butterflies, some scientists have earlier described the butterflies being belonging only, to eleven (11) families, then subsequently it changed into (2) super families and 5 (5) families. At present most scientists have categorized butterflies belonging to 3 (3) super families and 5 (5) families.
To establish butterfly gardens you must have few Host plants, Nectar plants and land space. At the inception, it is recommended to plant 'Adana Hiriya' 'Wara' 'Aththora' 'Akkapana'',Kiri Aguna wel', as Host plants and 'Balunakuta', Shoe flower, Trdex, Zeeniyas, Ixora as Nectar Plants. A used earthen curd milk pot with mud, sunk to floor level and a container to hold some ripe fruits will probably be ample for a small garden. To establish a large backyard professional advice is needed. Westford Butterfly Place Ma