Butterflies around Giants Tank, Murukkan

December 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Small Cupid While on the way to Mannar, we haven't ever forget to stop by the Giants Tank in Murunkan. It is said the largest man made tank in Sri Lanka, which has provided water to cultivate one of the largest paddy fields in the country known as Sahalnaliya. The tank has not been maintained for years due to the war. During that time period the tank and the tank reserve has been disturbed very little by the human activities, hence became a paradise for wildlife.The Giants Tank Sanctuary, declared on 24th September 1954 under the provisions of the Flora and Fauna Protection Ordinance (FFPO) spans an area of 4,330 hectares. Blue Pansy

 

A14, Madhawachchiya - Mannar road goes by the tank for about 2.5 Kilometers. This area is where we stop by for a rest and to experience wildlife in the area. Through out all of our resting times in this place, we were hunting wildlife, especially butterflies. The life of butterflies in both sides of the road by Giant Tank is simply fascinating. One has to get down from the vehicle to experience it.

Last time we went through Giant Tank, we have encountered more than 15 species of butterflies and many moth species.

Lemon Pansy Angled Castor

Zebra Blue

Dark Grass Blue Joker Lesser Grass Blue Lime Butterfly Little Orange Tip Pioneer Small Salmon Arab Plain Tiger

Striped Albatross

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