I received a nice email this morning from Robert Brown who had just got back to his home in Alberta from his first trip to Cuba. He has sent me some beautiful photos, taken at Cayo Coco on the north coast, which I have now added to the website, including two of Zestos Skipper Epargyreus zestos. It has been know to occur here since the 1990's and is also known from a couple of places just to the west of here but that is all.
He also saw and got pictures of a male Orange-barred Sulphur Phoebis philea. In my experience this is not an easy species to photograph, in fact I've never even got near one, so Robert did very well to get not just an underside but also a dorsal view just as it flew away. Well done Robert and many thanks. So that means there are just twenty species that are not yet featured here.
It is now just a year since I started this website, the anniversary was at the end of last week, and I did not imagine at the start how far it would have progressed in that time. I have spent the last week checking and adding to the species texts and infilling the gaps where necessary. I have progressed as far as the Nymphalids and so should complete this in the next couple of weeks for all the species for which I have photos, and will then add pages for the 21 species for which I do not.
Our next trip to Cuba is in the summer and we will be targetting quite a few of those species for which no photos are available. Some may never have been photographed before, and that's just the adults - the immature stages are even less well known. In fact it's surprising how many of even the widespread species for which there is no information, even on what the foodplants are, so it will be nice as the range of photographs of the adults increases to spend more time observing behaviour and studying the other life stages.
Thank you to everyone for their contributions over the last year.
I have made good progress in adding new species photos to the website which means there are now 175 of the 197 species depicted here. Several of these have come from Wikimedia Commons especially of species that are rare vagrants to Cuba. Such species are very unlikely to be photographed in Cuba so I've been happy to use photos that have been taken on the mainland or other Caribbean islands.
My sincere thanks also go to the following:
Happy New Year to all readers!
I have had it in mind since the start of this website that it would be useful to have it in Spanish as well especially for when internet access becomes faster and more available in Cuba, whenever that might be, so I have added translation buttons on the Homepage. It uses Google Translate which I think does a reasonable job but one downside is that it also tries to translate the scientific names! When you hold the cursor over a paragraph however it does show the original language text so its not the end of the world.
Thank you to Ève Boulanger-Grondin for allowing me to use some of her photos and my apologies go to several folk who have contacted me via the Contact Form for my late responses to them.
I have now added a downloadable excel list of the Butterflies of Cuba and I hope you find this useful.
When we visited Gibara in November Sandy Villar B mentioned that he had a Facebook page for Proyecto Televisivo Gibara Natural - Natural Television Project Gibara. Do have a look - he has a wonderful video of Bee Hummingbirds. Keep up the good work Sandy.
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