Cayman Butterflies and their Plants
Some common Cayman butterflies and their larval food plants. The common names of the plants are the Cayman common names and are almost always different from elsewhere.
For example the native shrub Rosemary – Croton linearis, Family: EUPHORBIACEAE, should not be confused with the Mediterranean culinary Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis, nor should it be confused the non-native ornamental Croton shrubs – Codiaeum variegatum, which are planted in traditional Cayman sand gardens and in landscaping.
Rosemary – Croton linearis, is a dioecious shrub – male and female flowers occur on separate plants. It is the larval food plant of the Cuban Red Leaf Butterfly – Anaea troglodyta cubana.
has photos of butterfly and larva. The caterpillar makes a shelter out of three Rosemary leaves in which it is concealed during the day and comes out at night to feed on the narrow, aromatic leaves.
Brooms were traditionally made out of Rosemary twigs to sweep the interior of houses and sand yards.
Cayman wild flowers, vines, shrubs and trees for Cayman’s native birds, butterflies and other creatures!
Many different topics!
Guided nature tours – Half day Private Island Overview Tour & Full Day Up-Close Nature Tour