Experience Jetwing St. Andrew’s wetland during the day,
where the dazzlingly beautiful dragonflies are most active and easily observed.
Dragonflies are very interesting and diverse insects. They instantly attract
attention with their amazing flight skills and beautiful colours. Sri lanka has
117 species of dragonflies and damselflies of which an astonishing 52 are
endemic. The tours are conducted by the hotels in-house Naturalist, who will
take you around the trails to explain how to spot dragonflies and will point
out insects hiding from you.
The tour commences at mid day; the sunniest and hottest part of the day because
they are active at that time. In this tour we can find dragonflies and
damselflies. In dragonflies, mature males and females often look very
different, the males regularly being more conspicuous and brightly coloured.
Males are more common near the water and females live away from water but they
come to water when they mate or lay eggs, otherwise, they dwell and feed at the
forest edges and clearings to avoid contact with the male.
The abundance of habitat make the island very good for
dragonfly and butterfly watchers. Sri Lanka is a paradise for Butterfly & Dragonfly
enthusiasts with 243 species of butterflies and skippers. Even the wetland
reserves near the capital of Colombo will hold as many as fifty different
species. Seasonally, large migrations of whites and yellows take place. All
year round a breathtaking array of species can be seen. Atleast 118 species of Dragonflies have been described with more awaiting
description by science. The whole of Sri Lanka is like a giant wetland complex
with thousands of man made lakes and vast areas of paddy fields and irrigation
networks. The abundance of habitat make the island very good for dragonfly