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.

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

Roosting group, low down in fine grasses

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Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Another roosting group, this time on a shrub in grassland

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Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

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

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Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Female

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Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Female

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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'

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Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

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

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Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Male, photographed as dusk was falling

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Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Another dusk male

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Ascia monuste virginia
Ascia monuste virginia

Male

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Pyrisitia lisa euterpe
Pyrisitia lisa euterpe

Little Yellow, male

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Pyrisitia lisa euterpe
Pyrisitia lisa euterpe

Little Yellow, female, paler than the male

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Eurema elathea
Eurema elathea

Banded Yellow

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Eurema elathea
Eurema elathea

Banded Yellow, female

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Eurema elathea
Eurema elathea

Banded Yellow

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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

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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

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Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue

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Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue

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Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue

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Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue, female

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Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi
Hemiargus thomasi woodruffi

Miami Blue

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Leptotes cassius chadwicki
Leptotes cassius chadwicki

Cassius Blue

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Strymon bubastus ponce
Strymon bubastus ponce

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

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Strymon bubastus ponce
Strymon bubastus ponce

Scrub Hairstreak

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Agraulis vanillae insularis
Agraulis vanillae insularis

Gulf Fritillary

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Agraulis vanillae insularis
Agraulis vanillae insularis

Gulf Fritillary

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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

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Anartia jatrophae jatrophae
Anartia jatrophae jatrophae

White Peacock

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Anartia jatrophae jatrophae
Anartia jatrophae jatrophae

White Peacock

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Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Junonia genoveva michaelesi

Tropical Buckeye, a common and beautiful species

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Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Junonia genoveva michaelesi

Tropical Buckeye

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Junonia genoveva michaelesi
Junonia genoveva michaelesi

Tropical Buckeye

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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

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Hylephila phylea phylea
Hylephila phylea phylea

Fiery Skipper

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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!)

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Panoquina lucas lucas
Panoquina lucas lucas

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

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Pyrgus oileus
Pyrgus oileus

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

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Pyrgus oileus
Pyrgus oileus

Tropical Checkered Skipper

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