Recent Data on Some Localised Trinidad Butterflies

Richard Raby

Abstract


My work in the oil fields first brought me to South America in early 1981. During my first posting to Venezuela, I became fascinated with the wealth of New World insect life. I moved to Trinidad in February 1982, just in time to observe the famous Trinidad wet-season butterflies. Using "The Butterflies of Trinidad and Tobago" by Malcolm Barcant (1970) as my basic reference I decided to make a small collection. I have somewhat restricted my interests to the larger and mostly forest-dwelling species with emphasis on the families Papilionidae (Swallowtails or Pages), Brassolidae (Barks, Mort Bleus & Dynastors) and some of the more specialised Nymphalidae (Shoemakers). With the onset of the rainy season it became quite apparent that many things have changed since Barcant published his book. I feel it may be useful to add some recent findings to supplement his work. I must state now that my present knowledge of many species is due to the invaluable background assistance of resident collectors such as John ffrench , Felix Gomez and especially Scott Alston-Smith and Clive Urich.

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