Chequered Swallowtail, Lime Swallowtail – Papilio demoleus in the Cayman Islands

Papilio demoleus Linnaeus, 1758, was photographed in West Bay, Grand Cayman, in the NW Caribbean on May 29, 2011.

Papilio demoleus May29-11_780 DVPhoto: Dora Valdez, May 29, 2011

A specimen was captured by Dr. R. R. Askew at East End on Feb. 18, 2014.

Papilio demoleus EE Feb18-14 MLA_329 tPhoto: M. L. Askew, Feb.18, 2014

There were no sightings reported in the intervening years. How did this Old World butterfly species get to the New World?

 How did Papilio demoleus get to Cayman?

P. Ann van B. Stafford, Feb. 24 2014

There are links to the relevant documentation:

Between 1994 and 2004  island of St. Martin / Sint Maarten

2004 Dominican Republic

2006 Puerto Rico

2006 Jamaica

2007 Cuba

 

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