ANTIGUA, January 2016

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

Page added 19 January 2016

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
Roosting group, low down in fine grasses
Ascia monuste virginia
Another roosting group, this time on a shrub in grassland
Ascia monuste virginia
Great Southern Whites, mating pair, the male being the yellow coloured individual
Ascia monuste virginia
Female
Ascia monuste virginia
Female
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
Another male, this one having no darker markings on the hindwing underside
Ascia monuste virginia
Male, photographed as dusk was falling
Ascia monuste virginia
Another dusk male
Ascia monuste virginia
Male
Pyrisitia lisa euterpe
Little Yellow, male
Pyrisitia lisa euterpe
Little Yellow, female, paler than the male
Eurema elathea
Banded Yellow
Eurema elathea
Banded Yellow, female
Eurema elathea
Banded Yellow
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
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
Miami Blue
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Miami Blue
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Miami Blue
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Miami Blue, female
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Miami Blue
Leptotes cassius chadwicki
Cassius Blue
Strymon bubastus ponce
Scrub Hairstreak (with a very unfortunate and undeserved sub-species name)
Strymon bubastus ponce
Scrub Hairstreak
Agraulis vanillae insularis
Gulf Fritillary
Agraulis vanillae insularis
Gulf Fritillary
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
White Peacock
Anartia jatrophae jatrophae
White Peacock
Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Tropical Buckeye, a common and beautiful species
Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Tropical Buckeye
Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Tropical Buckeye
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
Fiery Skipper
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
Purple-washed Skipper. The purple-wash is revealed when the butterfly is photographed using flash
Pyrgus oileus
Tropical Checkered Skipper (apologies for the American spelling of 'Chequered'!)
Pyrgus oileus
Tropical Checkered Skipper
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