Dutch Caribbean Species Register

Overview of the biodiversity of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

Diversity in the Dutch Caribbean

Photos: Michiel Oversteegen and Gerard van Buurt and Marion Haarsma

Seven new butterfly species on Sint Eustatius

Sytske de Waart - 12 May 2020
Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Aruba 2018 / Photo: Michiel Oversteegen License (CC BY-NC-ND)

This is a result of a four-year study of the different butterfly species on St. Eustatius during the winter months in 2009-2012. This project provided new insight into the butterflies of the Caribbean Netherlands: St. Eustatius, Saba and St. Maarten. The three islands are home to 44 butterfly species, including seven new species found on St. Eustatius. These new species are:

Dryas iulia warneri
Anaea troglodyta minor (Florida leafwing)
Marpesia petreus (ruddy daggerwing)
Hypolimnas misippus (mimic)
Vanessa cardui (painted lady)
Anartia jatrophae (white peacock)
Papilio demoleus (lime swallowtail)

References: 

Debrot, A.O., Madden, H., Becking, L.E., Rojer, A. & Miller, J.Y. 2020. The butterflies of St. Eustatius with faunal comparisons among the adjacent islands of the Lesser Antilles. Caribbean Journal of Science 50(1): 91-106.

Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA), Hannah Madden, Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI), Dolfi Debrot, Wageningen University & Research, 12 mei 2020. Zeven nieuwe vlindersoorten op de Caribische Bovenwindse Eilanden, Nature Today