ANTIGUA, January 2016
Around Blue Waters, north coast, in search of some winter sunshine
Page added 19 January 2016
Ascia monuste virginiaGreat 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 virginiaGreat Southern Whites, mating pair, the male being the yellow coloured individual
Ascia monuste virginiaMale. The male undersides are quite variable, initially causing me to think that I was looking at two species of 'whites'
Phoebis sennae sennaeCloudless 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 woodruffiMiami 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
Agraulis vanillae insularisGulf Fritillary, showing the superbly marked silver-spotted underside, very similar to the Queen of Spain Fritillary found in Europe
Junonia genoveva michaelesiTropical Buckeye. Note the pronounced 'eye' markings on the hindwing, one of the key identification tips for this species
Panoquina lucas lucasPurple-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 lucasPurple-washed Skipper. The purple-wash is revealed when the butterfly is photographed using flash