If you really like it, don’t try to click it.


Today, spending my vacation, watched the movie ‘The secret life of Walter Mitty’. A fantasy / drama movie which describes the end of the career of a 16 year dedicated employee under the job title ‘negative assets manager’ in the ‘Life’ magazine which is about to be closed and so on… well, this little note is not to describe the plot of the movie, but to weigh a single line that I saw (and heard) in the movie.

That is ;       ‘If you really like the moment, don’t click it. Just live in it.’

Regardless of who said it to whom and even though whether it is really said, still it was felt by me, because I was already believing it. If you face a specific moment in the life that you really really enjoy, you would not need to take a photograph of it simply because it will surely rest in your heart forever.

So, next time you face such a moment, try not to click it but to embrace it the best you may.

The national butterfly of Sri Lanka ; Sri Lankan Birdwing | Troides darsius


This is a large sized , endemic, migratory species that belong to the family of Papilionidae which can be moderately found in both forests and home gardens all over the country.

It flies very fast and observe that this is a female as there is a little white dusting in the fore wing upperside along the veins.

info source: A pocket guide to the Butterflies of Sri Lanka by BCSSL
The photo was clicked at the dry side of Knuckles reserves.

ජීවන මග

DSC_0226-01දුම්බර කඳුවැටියෙ උතුරු කොන හොයාගෙන රත්තොට ඉඳං ඉලුක්කුඹුර පාරෙ අපි කන්ද නගිනවා… වැඩි නඩත්තුවකට ලක් නොවිච්ච, බෝම අමාරුවෙන් වාහන දෙකක් මාරු වෙන්ඩ විතරක් ඉඩ තියෙන තාර පාරෙ වංගු වංගු යන අතරෙ එක පාරට වංගුවක් ගත්ත ගමන් පාර මැද වයසක මනුස්සයෙක් සරමත් උස්සං හිමිං හිමිං කන්ද දිහාට යනවා. වැඩි වේගෙන් නොගිය නිසා අනතුරක් නොවී බේරගෙන අපි ඔහු පහු කරං අපි ඉස්සරහට යනවා…

ටික දුරක් ගිහිං පාර අයිනෙ කඩයක වාහනේ නතර කරලා තේ බීල එළියට බහිද්දි මේ වයස මනුස්සයා පේනමානෙට ඇවිත් ආයෙ. තේ බොන අතරතුරේ අා ගිය කතාබහ නිසා හිතවත් වුණු මුදලාලි ස්වේච්චාවෙන්ම ඉදිරිපත් වෙලා විස්තරයක් කිව්වා.

“ඔය ඉස්සර මේ පාරෙ බස් එක එලවපු ඩ්‍රැයිවර්. හොඳම ඩ්‍රැයිවර් කියලා සම්මානයකුත් හම්බුණා ලු. දැන් බ්‍රවුන් පේපර් බෑග් අලවලා විකුණනවා. ඒව අරගෙන පහළට ගිහිං විකුණලා ආයෙ එනවා පයින්ම. ”

ඒ කතාව හින්දා ලාවට අනුකම්පාවක් මිශ්‍ර වෙච්ච අමුතුම හැඟීමක් පහළ වුණා… තමන්ව ජීවත් කරවපු එ් මාවතේ ඒ මනුස්සයා තාමත් යනවා නේ ද කියලා…

Great orange tip | Hebomoia glaucippe


This is a medium sized migratory species that can be seen in almost every part of the country in forests as well as in home gardens.
The appex is orange in colour and is divided along the veins with a black margin. The ubderside is similar to a dry leaf; giving a good camuflage effect.

The photo was clicke at the Knuclles reserves on the way to Sera Alla in a relatively dry season.

info source : A pocket guide to the butterflies of Sri Lanka by #BCSSL

Beetle with the fancy antennas.


This bugger was sitting on my study desk and I clicked it due to its fancy antennas…

This belongs to the group of Beetles which fall under the order of Coleoptera. The key factor which distinguishes beetles from other insects is its Elytra ; which is a protective cover over the abdominal area formed by hardening of the fore wings.

A sincere thank goes to Mr Tharindu Ranasinghe for making me aware of the facts.

EXMO 2017 ; A post script


Civil Engineering Exhibits.JPGThough it is about a month since the function happened and couldn’t note down a word regarding it, thought of putting up a note at least now.

EXMO 2107 happened to be the largest engineering and innovation exhibition held in the country. Held by a prominent technical university of Sri Lanka, university of Moratuwa, I am pretty sure that the people who came to see it were effected by it in several ways.

First, the school children and other bright minds who came to feel the subjects are sure to be inspired. The younger minds would have gotten the inspiration they needed to excel in the academics and the others would have seen the horizons of the technologies in Sri Lanka even as a third world (some call it a still developing) country.

As  well, the general public who came to see the exhibition, with no much technical knowledge, but with common senses must have seen that the government university students are not people that just protest and get chased away by the police as per ordered by the political hierarchy  (well, that is the image the mass media is feeding  the general public with.) but are best in their fields.

Then there is this third party, which have been hurt by seeing it. A fraction of this party degrade this effort to trend Science and Technology within the country just because it is done by the University of Moratuwa and the other fraction does so because it is done by a government university into which they couldn’t get in even though they were privileged to get educated in a state college funded by the government.

Well, I don’t intend to answer that third party via this article. But I intend to speak up about another party, which didn’t come and put up their reasons why they didn’t come.

Summarizing what they said to me ;

‘We are not eligible to comprehend an engineering exhibition’ (an undergraduate in Science in a state university.) ,

‘Didn’t have time bro.’ (some fellow engineering students in a state university.) ,

‘I have no reason to come.’ (an undergraduate of IT in a private university)

and the list goes on as I invited almost all my whatsapp contacts with a message.


Addressing the above three parties ;

engineering is the application of sciences in practical world… being a science student, how couldn’t he/she not understand the content of an engineering exhibition..? a pure LOL there.

For my fellow engineering colleague, I am disappointed.

For that no reason person, well, it is even disgusting to have a person with such attitudes in my contact list.

Winding up the article, it is a must to state that the reason for this country still to be an undeveloped / still developing (or whatever you call it) is nothing else, but the attitude the citizens of the country bear.

Oriental Palm Bob | Suastus gremius

Well, gonna disappoint you again by saying this is not a moth, but a butterfly even though he is not beautiful as his fellow butterflies.

Belonging to the family of Hesperiidae, this butterfly is also known as Indian palm bob.

A small sized butterfly which is common in almost every area of the country but in cold areas. Note that there are black spots on the rear wing unlike the most of others in his family who have white spots.

The photo was clicked at a Kandyan home.

Info source : A pocked guide to the butterflies of Sri Lanka by BCSSL.

Marbled White Moth | Nyctemera coleta


First, you must observe that this has a non-club shaped antenna making it off the sub-order of butterflies and place itself in the order of Lepidoptera – Moths. Further more, it has a resting posture in which its wings are kept downward rather than the butterflies which does not. (Observe the second picture)

White mDSC_0257-01arble moth is also known as White tiger moth. The subject in the picture is a Nyctemera coleta nigrovenosa Moore ; which is the Sri Lankan sub species.

This seems almost same as Tigers in butterfly group in wing pattern at once. (There is a picture of a Tiger in the account. Try identifying differences.)
The photo was clicked at a Kandyan home garden under sunny conditions in a morning at about 8 a.m. The tree on which it feeds is a curry leaf plant (Murraya koenigii) and it rests on a Pepper (Piper nigrum) plant.

Must thank Mr Thisaru Guruge (@thisarug) for identification. Source of info : web.

Common Leopard | Phalanta phalantha


This is a common migratory species which is also known as Spotted Rustic.

Notice that the outer margin of the hind wing is wavy and the black marks along it are almost uniform. The new born butterflies have a purplish shade as well as one of the sub species does.

This species is found throughout the country and can be seen roaming around their LFPs usually as it is said to be a sun loving butterfly.

(source of info: A pocket guide to Butterflies of Sri Lanka by BCSSL.)

Commander | Moduza procris 


This is a medium sized migratory species which belong to the family of Nymphalidae. Note that it has a broad white median band, a red postal band and a red distal band ( not clearly visible in the underside.)

It feeds on a range of sources from flower nectar to mud sipping (which it is doing in the picture) as it has a good range of flight altitude. As well, note that it is sitting only on four legs, which is a key characteristic of the family of Nymphalidae.

The picture was clicked in a Kandyan home garden though this species is known to be found mainly in forest areas of the wet zone of the country.

(Source of info : A pocket guide to the Butterflies of Sri Lanka, 2nd Edition by BCSSL)