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The Butterfly.

The Butterfly is an insect.It is very beautiful. It has two pairs of wings.Some wings are more colourful.In the morning it flies from flower to flower and sucks nectar Its body is thin and long.It has six legs. During the season of pilgrimage of  Sri pada the butterfly flies to Sripada with his friends.There are more poems written  about the butterfly. It is hermles. Little childreh like it. Its life in four stages.There is an egg ,caterpillar,cocoon and butterfly.




Sri Lanka has been famous for gemstones from the earliest times.It is an important exprot trade today . Many are in the Sabaragamuwa province  are  well known for gems. Ratnapura means the” city of gens”.It has gem museums displaying the wide range of gems, avaidlably  in the country.      The blue sapphire is the king of lankan gems. The 400 Carat blue sapphire called the “Blue Bell” which adorns the Btitish crown is from sri lanka. Rubies,cat eyes,alexandrites,aquamarines, tourmalines,spinals,topazes,garnets and amethysts are some of the precious stones found in sri lankan. The cutting of gems is a specialized job. Gems are cut and polished before they are set. Different regions in the country have different ways of making jewellery. Gems are generally warn for their beauty. People also believe that gems have the power to bring luck.The eraft was handed down from father to son.Now women too work in the gem trade.

A Rose with a Difference.

Do  you  know  what  these   Roces  are?    They  are  colled  Dog  Roses.This  variety  of  roses  was  brought  to  Sri  Lanka  by  the  british. They  planted  it  in  Nuwara  Eliya.It  has  five  petals  which  are  open;They  are  pale  pink  in  colour. It  has  an  edible  fruit. It  is  very  rich  in  Vitamin C, and  is  used  to  make  syrup. This  plant  is  planted us a nurse or Cover  Crop  or  stabilizing  plant.


Sinharaja Rain Forest.

Snharajai has  a  rain  forest. It  is  in  the Rathnapura district. There  are  theree  king  of  plants  in  the  forest.They  are  tald  tree   vinenc  and  shruds.We  can  see a lot  of  wild  animals  Monkey,elephant,bears  and  deer  some  of  them.There  are  very  kind  of  birds  in  sinharaja.They  are   jungle  fowd  woodpeckers   peacocks  and  fly  catchers  ect.We  moust  proteck  them  for  the  futer.


Threats to Forests

Forests  have  been  endengered  in  many  ways .continuous  climatic  channges  have  become  a  serious  threat  to  forests . causing  severe  damages. Increasing  heat  of  the  atmosphere  has  resulted  in a  scarctiy  of water  in  forest  areas.   his  has  made  forests  more  vulnerable  to  insects, pests  and  diseases.                 The  warming of  the  atmosphere  also  paves  the  way to  wild  fires. wild  fires  destroy  large  areas  of  forest  cover  sending  out  a  lot  of  Carbon  dioxide  into  the  atmosphere. loss  of  forest  areas  cbviously  reduces  the  capasity  to  absorb  carbon  dioxide  and  badly  of  fects  the  forest  productivity.



Kataragama is a very popular pilgrimage site in Sri  Lanka.  People of all walks of life throng to kataragama.The festivel in august draws thousands of pilgrimsto  winess the ritual  performances  of the devotees.Some dance  with  skewers thrust  through  ther  tongues  and sheeks .  others  tow  heavy carts or suspend weights   from  hooks  piercing their wolking  ceremony.  the devotees   wolk   barefoot  on  beds  of  redhot  embers.



Flowers  have  been  important  to  men  since  ancient  times.

People  love  to  grow  flowering  plants  in  ther  home  granden.

Botanical  gradens  like   Peradeniya  and  Haggala

have  a  wide variety  of  flowers.  Natural  forests  like  sinharaja   are  also  adundant  in  beautiful  flowers.

Flowers  have  a  fragrance  and  they  beautiful

the  envitonment.  .