Papilionoidea - Butterflies

Identification with plates

The scale bar drawn on all pictures represents 1 cm unless otherwise stated.

List of families

Papilionidae (1 species)
Pieridae (12 species)
Nymphalidae (14 species)
Lycaenidae (10 species)

Systematic list

Species found in: Guadeloupe (and dependencies). Martinique. Guadeloupe and Martinique.


Battus polydamas neodamas (Lucas, 1852)
Battus polydamas xenodamas (Hübner, 1825)



Appias drusilla boydi Comstock, 1943
Appias drusilla comstocki Dillon, 1947
Ascia monuste virginia (Godart, 1819)


Eurema daira palmira (Poey, 1846)
Eurema elathea (Cramer, 1777)
Eurema lisa euterpe (Ménétriès, 1832)
Eurema leuce antillarum Hall, 1936
Eurema venusta emanona Dillon, 1947
Anteos maerula (Fabricius, 1775)
Phoebis agarithe antillia Brown, 1929
Phoebis sennae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Rhabdodryas trite watsoni (Brown, 1929)
Aphrissa statira (Cramer, 1777)



Danaus plexippus megalippe (Hübner, 1826)


Anaea minor Hall, 1936
Memphis dominicana luciana (Hall, 1929)
Marpesia petreus (Cramer, 1776)
Historis odius orion (Fabricius 1775)
Hypolimnas misippus (Linnaeus, 1764)
Junonia genoveva (Cramer, 1782)
Junonia evarete (Stoll, 1782)
Anartia jatrophae (Linnaeus, 1763)
Biblis hyperia (Cramer, 1782)
Vanessa cardui (Linnaeus, 1758)


Dryas iulia dominicana (Hall, 1917)
Dryas iulia martinica Pinchon & Enrico, 1969
Agraulis vanillae insularis Maynard, 1889
Agraulis vanillae vanillae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dione juno (Stoll, 1782)



Allosmaitia piplea (Godman & Salvin, 1896)
Chlorostrymon simaethis (Drury, 1773)
Strymon rufofusca (Hewitson, 1877)
Strymon bubastus ponce (Comstock & Huntington, 1943)
Strymon columella (Fabricius, 1793)
Strymon acis (Drury, 1773)
Electrostrymon angerona (Godman & Salvin, 1896)


Leptotes cassius chadwicki (Comstock & Huntington, 1943)
Hemiargus hanno watsoni (Comstock & Huntington, 1943)
Cyclargus thomasi woodruffi (Comstock & Huntington, 1943)


Two recent books deal with the butterflies of the Antilles:

D.S. Smith, L.D. Miller and J.Y. Miller (1994). The butterflies of the West Indies and South Florida, 264 p., Oxford University Press, Oxford.
N.D. Riley (1975). A field guide to the butterflies of the West Indies, 224 p., Collins, London.

All taxonomic and biogeographic data presented in this catalogue are drawn from Smith, Miller & Miller. Most of the biological data are drawn from the book by R. Pinchon and P. Enrico, (1969). Faune des Antilles Françaises. Les Papillons, 258 p., Fort de France. This work is especially useful for behaviour and Antillean host-plants.

The English names of butterflies are those recommended by the North American Butterfly Association ( For strictly tropical species, we used the names given in Riley's book.

We collected few butterflies during our stays in the French Antilles, so the distribution maps poorly represent the actual abundance of species. For the same reason, some specimens shown in the catalogue are rather worn. We hope to add more data soon with the help of colleagues who stayed in the French Antilles (special thanks to Gérard Chovet and Francis Deknuydt). Additional information is welcome.

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