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Common Name : White Four-ring     -       Scientific Name : Ypthima ceylonica       -       Other Name : Sithiri Siwwa (S)
Borupan Wila
Kali Villu
Kumbuk Wila
Kumbuk Wila
Paluwilandawa Tank

This is one of the most common butterflies in the country. It belongs to the Satyridae family and is also found in other Asian countries including India and Singapore.

The conservation status of this species is regarded as Least Concerned (National Red List 2012).

This is a species protected under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance as amended by Act No. 22 of 2009.

I have seen this butterfly through out the country. It is a very common butterfly in any home garden with a patch of grass. In the north I have seen it in the Jaffna peninsula and in Mannar. I have seen it in my home garden in Colombo. The highest altitude at which I have seen it so far has been at Meemure village in the Knuckles forest reserve at 1310 meters.

One of the main reasons for the very wide distribution of this species is the availability of its host plants, which are different verities of grass. The female of this species lays eggs and their caterpillars feed on different species of grass including Grass (Gon Thanakola (S)) Axonopus compressus, Grass Cyrtococcus trigonum.

This is a very common species in Wilpattu.