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Welcome! This blog is mostly about butterfly gardening, but other types of plants and gardens, as well as other wildlife is blogged about too.

February 4, 2009

Butterflies in the Virgin Islands! (Part 1)

Filed under: Butterflies — Butterflygirl @ 4:35 pm

I recently spent a week at the U.S. Virgin Islands, on St. Thomas and St. John. I had really been hoping to see lots of butterfly species that I can’t see where I live.

Sadly, I ended up quite disappointed. I didn’t see many butterflies at all.

I did see quite a few Zebra Longwings at St. John – which was the first time I’ve ever seen one in person, or at least in the wild. I wasn’t able to get any pictures though – they were moving around way too fast!

I saw a Gulf Fritillary on St. Thomas – a first for it too, and was able to get a couple of pictures:

I saw this little guy at St. John – could this be a Tropical Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus oileus)? :

Otherwise I only saw a Monarch now and then, and a white or sulfur fly by on occasion. I think if we could have spent more time at St. John we may have seen more, I don’t know.

I did see some caterpillars, host plants and some other wildlife at the Butterfly Farm at St. Thomas – more about that next week!

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