Wooly Bear Caterpillar Black Butterflies have fascinated us for their beauty, frailty and the mystery surrounding its life. For time immortal, the fantastic thing about butterflies had not only inspired poetic and creative imagination, but also has captured the curiosity of even of the small children.
It is clear that even our ancestors had been moved by their behavior. When they seen hundreds of butterflies migrating towards "Sripada" (the sacred mountain which the Buddhists believe the Buddha's foot print was stamped) in the course of the pilgrim season, they believed that the butterflies had been migrating to pay homage to the Buddha. Thus they went to the extent of naming essentially the most sacred mountain of Sri Lanka, the Sripada, as "Samanala kanda".
At current, though this migration still takes place in some areas of Sri Lanka, it could not been seen in a lot of the areas, on account of human intervention on the environment. Thus it's unhappy to note that a lot of the current youthful era, has not seen this nature's fascinating spectacle. Still there's hope, as environmentalist and others who have taken interest on this topic, has learned that by offering the necessary atmosphere, we could still recreate this vanishing butterfly migration.
Researchers have found by fossil evidence, 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 (eleven) households, then subsequently it become (2) super households and 5 (5) families. At current most scientists have categorised butterflies belonging to 3 (3) super households and 5 (5) families.
To establish butterfly gardens it's best to have few Host vegetation, Nectar vegetation and land space. At the inception, it is recommended to plant 'Adana Hiriya' 'Wara' 'Aththora' 'Akkapana'',Kiri Aguna wel', as Host vegetation 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 might be sufficient for a small garden. To establish a large garden expert advice is needed. Wooly Bear Caterpillar Black