Butterflies and day-flying moths
Faithful Beauty day-flying moth – Composia fidelissima Family: ARCTIIDAE is sometimes mistaken for a butterfly. Butterfly-like moths are on page 158 of Butterflies of the Cayman Islands
Butterflies of the Cayman Islands by R. R. Askew and P. A. van B. Stafford, published by Apollo Books, 2008.
It is available in Cayman in local book stores, gift shops and the National Trust for the Cayman Islands Visitor Centre on South Church St for CI$24 / US$30.
This book will enable the identification of each of the 57 species of butterfly that has been recorded from the Cayman Islands. There is a description of every butterfly, stressing its most important characteristics, with photographs of living and mounted specimens. The distribution, history and biology of each species are reviewed and the plants which provide adult butterflies with nectar or feed their caterpillars are tabulated. A general introduction includes a discussion of the affinities and size of the Caymanian butterfly fauna. The three islands share most of their butterfly species but each island has uniquely characteristic elements and five subspecies live only in the Cayman Islands. Knowledge is fundamental to conservation; it is hoped that both the casual butterfly watcher and those more committed to the study of butterflies will discover much of interest in this book and thereby make a contribution to the continuing survival of these beautiful insects.
Polka Dot Wasp moth, day-flying – Syntomeida epilais on Oleander – Nerium oleander, Family: APOCYNACEAE. The distinctive bright orange caterpillars with tufts of long black hairs are a garden pest that can defoliate and even kill Oleander.
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