Day 14 - 4 Oct - Hurricane Matthew
Today, we were told was going to be the day, well tonight at any rate. All the remaining guests were moved yesterday into rooms in one area on the lower two floors at the Mares end of the hotel. We again spent the day around then gardens and local trails. I photographed some more anoles, one of which was an interesting reddish colour morph of Cuban Brown Anole Anolis sagrei and another pale one that I think is a female of the same species.
Several Large Orange Sulphur Phoebis agarithe were nectaring on the Ixora hedges. We found a pair of Florida White Glutophrissa drusilla in cop and once again there were several Antillean Crescent Antillea pelops on the track behind the Gaviota building. This area and the little clearing there is always a good place to see nice butterflies as there are always some nectar sources here. We watched both male and female Concolorous Skipper Burca concolor, the male settling on the ground and the female nectaring on the flowers of a Croton bush. Once again I searched the Serjania plants for larvae or pupae of Caribbean Banner Lucinia sida but all I could find was one empty pupa.
We were told that that we would be confined to our new rooms at 8pm after our supper this evening, our picnic breakfast would be brought to us in our rooms this evening and we were not to come out under any circumstances until we had a knock on the door on the following day. We were told that if and when the wind got bad during the night we were to go into the bathroom, shut the door and stay there until we were told to come out. We went to bed early figuring that as we are light sleepers the wind would wake us later if it got bad, but it never did and we got a good night's sleep in the bed! I wasn't much looking forward to sleeping on the bathroom floor anyway as Lynn had reserved the bath! We learnt in the morning that some folk had taken the instructions rather too literally and had spent a very cramped and uncomfortable night.
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