Butterflies


Gulf Fritillary


Brilliant orange with black spots, 3 distinctive white spots at top of each wing.

Where to see

Common throughout island from spring to fall.

Notes

2-3 inch wingspan. Commonly seen in yards and gardens. Host plants are various species of passionflower vines, including Maypop. Adults feed on nectar from flowers.

Monarch


Orange with distinctive black and white patterns.

Where to see

Common throughout island during summer and fall months.

Notes

3-4 inch wingspan. Well known for long annual migration (3,000 miles). The larval stage is entirely dependent on milkweed plants.

Palamedes Swallowtail


Blackish-brown with yellow band and spots.

Where to see

Common throughout island from spring to fall.

Notes

4-5 inch wingspan. Often seen around swamps and wetlands. Host plant is typically the red bay, which is declining drastically due to an exotic parasite.