List of butterflies of Dominica

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Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) in Cabrits National Park, Dominica.

Fifty-five species of butterflies have been officially recorded in Dominica, an island-nation in the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.

Two species are endemic to Dominica: the Dominican Hairstreak (Electrostrymon dominicana) and the Dominican Snout (Libytheana fulvescens). An additional seven species are endemic to the Lesser Antilles: Godman's Hairstreak (Allosmaitia piplea), Bronze Hairstreak (Electrostrymon angerona), Godman's Leaf (Memphis dominicana), St Lucia Mestra (Mestra cana), Lesser Whirlabout (Polites dictynna), Broken Dash Skipper (Wallengrenia ophites), and the Stub-tailed Skipper (Urbanus obscurus).

Hesperiidae - Skippers[edit]

Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) (photo taken in California)
Tropical Chequered Skipper (Pyrgus oileus) (photo taken in Florida)
Subfamily Pyrginae
Subfamily Eudaminae
Subfamily Hesperiinae

Libytheidae - Snout Butterflies[edit]

Subfamily Libytheinae

Lycaenidae - Blues and Hairstreaks[edit]

St. Christopher's Hairstreak (Chlorostrymon simaethis) (photo taken in Texas)
Cassius Blue (Leptotes cassius) (photo taken in Texas)
Subfamily Theclinae
Subfamily Polyommatinae

Nymphalidae - Fritillaries[edit]

Caribbean Buckeye (Junonia evarete) in Coulibistrie, Dominica.
White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae) (photo taken in Florida)
Subfamily Charaxinae
Subfamily Cyrestinae
Subfamily Danainae
Subfamily Heliconiinae
Subfamily Limenitidinae
Subfamily Nymphalinae

Papilionidae - Swallowtails[edit]

Polydamas Swallowtail (Battus polydamas) (photo taken in Brazil).
Subfamily Papilioninae

Pieridae - Whites and Sulphurs[edit]

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) (specimen from unknown locality).
Subfamily Pierinae
Subfamily Coliadinae

Disputed and unconfirmed[edit]

  • Florida Leafwing Anaea troglodyta. Evans & James (1997) considered the record of this species questionable.
  • Unidentified Heliconius sp., noted by Evans & James (1997) to have been sighted on two occasions at the edge of dry forest.


  • Evans, Peter G.H.; James, Arlington (1997), Dominica, Nature Island of the Caribbean: Wildlife Checklists, Dominica Ministry of Tourism, pp. 10–15