Aruba Butterflies

by Jeffrey S. Pippen | Back to Jeff's Butterfly Page | Back to Jeff's Nature Page | Aruba Lizards | Aruba Birds | Aruba Dragonflies & Damselflies

Here are some butterfly photos and information from a couple of family vacations to Aruba. Most photos were taken around the tidal flats across the road from the Marriott complex in Palm Beach, in and around the Bubali Preserve, or around the plantings on the grounds outside the Aruba Butterfly Farm, which was nicely planted with nectar plants to attract the native, wild butterflies. It was also a good place to look for native hummingbirds which nest in the vicinity. Species are presented in phylogenetic order. Enjoy!


Banded Yellow (Eurema elathea) Banded Yellow (Eurema elathea)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Banded Yellow (Eurema elathea) Banded Yellow (Eurema elathea)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011


Little Yellow (Eurema lisa, Pyrisitia lisa) Little Yellow (Eurema lisa, Pyrisitia lisa)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011


Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Palm Beach, Aruba
18 June 2013

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Santa Cruz, Aruba
20 June 2013

Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside) Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside)
Santa Cruz, Aruba
20 June 2013


Ligia Hairstreak (Ministrymon ligia) Ligia Hairstreak (Ministrymon ligia)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Ligia Hairstreak (Ministrymon ligia) Ligia Hairstreak (Ministrymon ligia)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011


Disjunct Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bubastus) Disjunct Scrub-Hairstreak (Strymon bubastus)
San Nicholas, Aruba
20 June 2013

Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno) Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)

Incredibly abundant around the Salina flats and Bubali and other locations.

Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Palm Beach tidal flats, Aruba
13 June 2011
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Palm Beach tidal flats, Aruba
13 June 2011
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno) Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Bubali Sanctuary area, Aruba
1 June 2015
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Bubali Sanctuary area, Aruba
1 June 2015
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno) Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Palm Beach, Aruba
15 June 2011
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Palm Beach, Aruba
15 June 2011
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno) Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno) Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno) Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Salina, Aruba
18 June 2013
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Salina, Aruba
18 June 2013
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno) Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
18 June 2013
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
18 June 2013
Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno) Hanno Blue (Hemiargus hanno)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
18 June 2013

This unusual individual seems to have had it's dark marginal spot only partially develop.


Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis) Western Pygmy-Blue (Brephidium exilis)
Bubali Sanctuary, Aruba
1 June 2015

Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius cassius) Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius cassius)
Salina behind the Marriott, Palm Beach, Aruba
5 June 2015

Unfortunately, my camera was still fogged from being in A/C all night when I had my only Cassius Blue encounter...


Julia (Dryas iulia) Julia (Dryas iulia)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011
Julia (Dryas iulia) Julia (Dryas iulia)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Monarch (Danaus plexippus) Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Queen (Danaus gilippus) Queen (Danaus gilippus)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala) Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011
Eufala Skipper (Lerodea eufala)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011

Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides) Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)

Incredibly abundant around the Salina flats and Bubali and other locations. It seems to me that the Aruba population of this species are much less well marked with pale spots than other populations. I suspect it may be an undescribed subspecies.

Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Palm Beach tidal flats, Aruba
16 June 2011
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Palm Beach tidal flats, Aruba
16 June 2011
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides) Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Palm Beach tidal flats, Aruba
16 June 2011
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Palm Beach tidal flats, Aruba
16 June 2011
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides) Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Palm Beach tidal flats, Aruba
16 June 2011
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Bubali Preserve, Aruba
16 June 2011
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides) Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Salina, Aruba
18 June 2013
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Salina, Aruba
18 June 2013
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides) Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Salina, Aruba
18 June 2013
Obscure Skipper (Panoquina panoquinoides)
Salina, Aruba
18 June 2013

Flaveola Skipper (Atalopedes flaveola, Atalopedes clarkei)
Flaveola Skipper (Atalopedes flaveola, Atalopedes clarkei)
Palm Beach, Aruba
5 June 2015

Confusion/disagreement exists as to the scientific name of this taxon.



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