ANTIGUA, January 2016

Around Blue Waters, north coast, in search of some winter sunshine

Page added 19 January 2016

ANTIGUA, a non-butterflying trip in January 2016

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Great Southern White. This is a very common butterfly on the island, highly active during the sunshine hours and then roosting collectively often on grasses and low shrubs. Note the pale blue tips to the antennae.

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Roosting group, low down in fine grasses

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Another roosting group, this time on a shrub in grassland

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Great Southern Whites, mating pair, the male being the yellow coloured individual

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Female

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Female

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Male. The male undersides are quite variable, initially causing me to think that I was looking at two species of 'whites'

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Another male, this one having no darker markings on the hindwing underside

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Male, photographed as dusk was falling

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Another dusk male

Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Male

Pyrisitia lisa euterpe
Pyrisitia lisa euterpe

Little Yellow, male

Pyrisitia lisa euterpe
Pyrisitia lisa euterpe

Little Yellow, female, paler than the male

Eurema elathea
Eurema elathea

Banded Yellow

Eurema elathea
Eurema elathea

Banded Yellow, female

Eurema elathea
Eurema elathea

Banded Yellow

Phoebis sennae sennae
Phoebis sennae sennae

Cloudless Sulphur, female. This is a very fast-flying species that rarely seems to stop. But when it does it often instantly selects a similarly coloured leaf to itself and disappears

Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue, male, resting on an acacia shrub shoot. This is a delightful little butterfly as can be seen from the following five photos. Common on Antigua it is now a threatened species in its home state of Florida

Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue

Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue

Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue

Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue, female

Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue

Leptotes cassius chadwicki
Leptotes cassius chadwicki

Cassius Blue

Strymon bubastus ponce
Strymon bubastus ponce

Scrub Hairstreak (with a very unfortunate and undeserved sub-species name)

Strymon bubastus ponce
Strymon bubastus ponce

Scrub Hairstreak

Agraulis vanillae insularis
Agraulis vanillae insularis

Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae insularis
Agraulis vanillae insularis

Gulf Fritillary

Agraulis vanillae insularis
Agraulis vanillae insularis

Gulf Fritillary, showing the superbly marked silver-spotted underside, very similar to the Queen of Spain Fritillary found in Europe

Anartia jatrophae jatrophae
Anartia jatrophae jatrophae

White Peacock

Anartia jatrophae jatrophae
Anartia jatrophae jatrophae

White Peacock

Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Junonia genoveva michaelesi

Tropical Buckeye, a common and beautiful species

Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Junonia genoveva michaelesi

Tropical Buckeye

Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Junonia genoveva michaelesi

Tropical Buckeye

Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Junonia genoveva michaelesi

Tropical Buckeye. Note the pronounced 'eye' markings on the hindwing, one of the key identification tips for this species

Hylephila phylea phylea
Hylephila phylea phylea

Fiery Skipper

Panoquina lucas lucas
Panoquina lucas lucas

Purple-washed Skipper. This is a fast-flying, small butterfly, incredibly hard to follow in flight as it dashes from flower to flower, hardly landing before zooming off again. (At least that's my excuse for this slightly out-of-focus shot!)

Panoquina lucas lucas
Panoquina lucas lucas

Purple-washed Skipper. The purple-wash is revealed when the butterfly is photographed using flash

Pyrgus oileus
Pyrgus oileus

Tropical Checkered Skipper (apologies for the American spelling of 'Chequered'!)

Pyrgus oileus
Pyrgus oileus

Tropical Checkered Skipper