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Butterfly - Stamps

 
 

Cayman Islands Native Butterflies and Moths Stamps

   

1977 Cayman Islands Butterflies and Moths. First Day Cover issued 2 December 1977
Queen Danaus gilippus (Cramer) Danaidae (Milkweed Family) 10c stamp
Zebra Heliconius charitonius (Linnaeus) Heliconiidae (Heliconia or Long-Wing Family) 8c stamp
Faithful Beauty Moth Composia fidelissima (Herrich-Schaffer) Arctiidae, Sub-family: Pericopinae 5c stamp
White Peacock Anartia jatrophae (Johannson) Nymphalidae (Anglewing & Brushfoot Family) 30c stamp
Mangrove Buckeye Junonia evarete (Cramer) Nymphalidae (Anglewing & Brushfoot Family) 30c stamp
Gulf Fritillary Agraulis vanillae (Linnaeus) Heliconiidae (Heliconia or Long-Wing Family) 15c stamp

 

1988 Cayman Islands Butterflies. First Day Cover issued 29 March 1988
 
Bahaman Swallowtail (Cayman Brac & Little Cayman) Papilio andraemon andraemon (Huebner) Papilionidae (Swallowtail Family) $1 stamp
Cuban Red Troglodyte Anaea troglodyte cubana (Druce) Nymphalidae (Anglewing & Brushfoot Family) 50c stamp
Mangrove Skipper (Little Cayman) Phocides pigmalion batabano (Lucas) Hesperiidae Skipper family) 25c stamp
Cayman Lucas Blue *Cyclargus ammon erembis (Nabokov) Lycaenidae (Hairstreak & Blue Family) 5c stamp
Cuban Grey Hairstreak Strymon martialis (Herrich-Schaeffer) Lycaenidae (Hairstreak & Blue Family) 5c stamp
Black-bordered Orange Eurema nicippe (Cramer) Pieridae (Whites & Sulphurs Family) painting on FDC envelope
Note: The Swallowtail Papilio andraemon exists in 2 distinct subspecies:
the (Bahaman) Swallowtail Papilio andraemon andraemon is found on Cayman Brac & Little Cayman, but the much larger and darker Grand Cayman Swallowtail *Papilio andraemon taylori (Rothschild & Jordan) flies only on Grand Cayman and nowhere else in the world. Anaea echemus somber relative of A. troglodyta cubana was first noticed on Grand Cayman in 1983.
  The Cayman Velvety Brown Leaf-Butterfly *Memphis echemus danielana (Witt) synonym Anaea echemus is one the the 5 Cayman Islands endemic subspecies found nowhere else in the world.
  Anaea cubana (Druce) not A. troglodyta cubana (Ref. Dr. R.R. Askew, 12 March, 2004)


 
   

1990 Cayman Islands Butterflies. First Day Cover issued 24 October 1990
 
Pygmy Blue Brephidium exilis (Boisduval) Lycaenidae (Hairstreak & Blue Family) 25c stamp
Cayman Crescent Spot Phyciodes phaon (Edwards) Nymphalidae (Anglewing & Brushfoot Family) 35c stamp
Gulf Fritillary Dione vanillae (Linnaeus) Heliconiidae (Heliconia or Long-Wing Family) $1 stamp
Soldier Danaus eresimus (Cramer) Danaidae (Milkweed Family) 10c stamp
Note:
Grand Cayman Pygmy Blue *Brephidium exilis thompsoni (Carpenter & Lewis) 1938 Oxford Expedition to the Cayman Islands, named after Gerald Thompson, Oxford University Biology student. It is a Grand Cayman endemic subspecies, found nowhere else in the world. It was first discovered in 1938 and was not found again until 1985, when two colonies were located on the north and west coasts. In 2002 a colony was also found at Midland Acres.
  Gulf Fritillary  Agraulis vanillae synonym Dione vanillae (Linnaeus)

 
   

1994 Cayman Islands Butterflies. First Day Cover issued 16 August 1994
 
Barred Sulphur Eurema daira (Godart) Pieridae (Whites & Sulphurs Family) $1 stamp
Fulvous Hairstreak Electrostrymon angelia (Hewitson) Lycaenidae (Hairstreak & Blue Family) 10c stamp
Dorantes Skipper Urbanus dorantes (Stoll) Hesperiidae (Skipper Family) $1 stamp
Atala Butterfly Eumaeus atala (Poey) Cayman Brac Lycaenidae (Hairstreak & Blue Family) 10c stamp
Note:
In 1994, these 4 butterflies had only been discovered comparatively recently in the Cayman Islands.

 
Information compiled by Ann Stafford, Cayman Wildlife Connection, from her 4 First Day Covers and her information sheets for 1988, 1990 and 1994 by Dr. R.R. Askew and Butterflies of the West Indies and South Florida by David Spencer Smith, Lee D. Miller and Jacqueline Y. Miller published by Oxford University Press 1994.
* Cayman Islands endemic subspecies, found nowhere else in the world.