The beautiful Ceylon Rose is one of the most threatened insects on earth. One may say they are living proof that beauty is no protection against man’s devastation of the environment.The Ceylon Rose is one of the most endangered insects on earth. It is also a stunning butterfly. Click To Tweet
The Ceylon Rose is very hard to spot – due to the combination of its scarcity of numbers, and its tendency to remain concealed deep within its habitat range. Who can blame it for attempting to remain concealed?
Consequently, the IUCN has listed this butterfly as Critically Endangered.
Ceylon Rose Physical Description
The upper side of the wings in both genders is principally black while several white streaks are present on the forewings. Their abdomen typically is a dark crimson in color along with a portion of its length (a lovely contrast). The head and thorax of the Ceylon Rose are typically a dark black.
On the female, both the crimson portion of the abdomen and the white markings on the upper forewing are larger than those of the male.
Ceylon Rose Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
It is unclear just how extensive the original zone of habitation of the Ceylon Rose once was. Currently, they only inhabit a small portion of the country of Sri Lanka. Within that range, the insect inhabits what remains of several dense rainforest regions – which shrinks daily.
The species prefers lower altitudes within that range.
They are a crepuscular species, only flying in the early morning and late evening, just like the Queen Alexandra Birdwing. At those times, they feed on the nectar of various local flowers.
The Ceylon Rose is a slow-moving butterfly when in flight, relying upon concealment within the forest for protection during the rest of the day.