There are several special butterflies to be found in the countryside near where our friend Douglas lives in Camagüey so we had planned to spend a few days away from the hotel and travel to the centre of the island to visit Douglas and his family and take him out to places that he knows of interest nearby. We had investigated hiring a car for three days and, although there is a car hire desk at the hotel, when we enquired last week if we could book a car in advance for three days this all seemed far too complicated to the chap behind the desk. Rarely do things run smoothly in Cuba but that is half the charm of the place. So we abandoned that idea and arranged for Michael with his blue taxi to take us. We arrived at Camagüey just after lunch and spent the afternoon with Doug, his wife Noris and their boys. The garden is planted with a wide range of larval hostplants including several species of Aristolochia which are used by several Swallowtail species.
Doug showed us a Tropical Chequered Skipper Pyrgus oileus larva and another of Cassius Blue Leptotes cassius being attended by two ants.
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