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.

Cayman Islands Butterflies and their Plants, with Cayman common name as well as scientific name.

Cayman Islands Butterflies and their Plants, with Cayman common name as well as scientific name.

For example the native shrub RosemaryCroton 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.

RosemaryCroton 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.

Butterflies of the Cayman Islands

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!
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