Apricot Sulphur, endemic of Puerto Rico
Chorantus vitellius, V-mark Skipper - El Yunque National Forest (Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands)
Heraclides pelaus portoricensis, Prickly Ash Swallowtail
Chorantus borincona, Watsonīs Chorantus
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The Story of the Butterfly
.by clubmojan.com on Facebook
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 10:24 PM

A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
He sat and watched the butterfly
for several hours as it struggled
to squeeze its body through the tiny hole.
Then it stopped, as if it couldn't go further.

So the man decided to help the butterfly.
He took a pair of scissors and
snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon.
The butterfly emerged easily but
it had a swollen body and shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch it,
expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge
and expand enough to support the body,
Neither happened!

In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life
crawling around.
It was never able to fly.
What the man in his kindness
and haste did not understand:

The restricting cocoon and the struggle
required by the butterfly to get through the opening
was a way of forcing the fluid from the body
into the wings so that it would be ready
for flight once that was achieved.

Sometimes struggles are exactly
what we need in our lives.
Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.
We will not be as strong as we could have been
and we would never fly.

So have a nice day and struggle a little and teach well ☮ & ♥

ISBN 13: 978-0-9822388-0-6
ISBN 10: 0-9822388-0-0
2009, Editorial Cocuyo
The checklist is
based on the 2004
proposed in the
"Atlas of Neotropical
Butterflies" by Lamas
and his colleagues
and the book
Butterflies of Puerto
To find the list of butterflies of Puerto Rico,
search menu to the right.  The butterflies
depicted on this page are considered endemic
species or subspecies to Puerto Rico.
  • V-mark Skipper
    Choranthus vitellius
  • Mercury Skipper
    Proteides mercurius pedro
  • Dorantes Skipper
    Urbanus dorantes cramptoni
  • Polydamas Swallowtail
    Battus polydamas thyamus
  • Prickly Ash Swallowtail
    Heraclides pelaus puertoricensis
  • Apricot Sulphur
    Phoebis argante martini
  • Giant White
    Ganyra josephina krugii
  • Haitian Tailed Blue
    Pseudochrysops bornoi escobioi
  • The Troglodyte
    Anaea troglodyta borinquenalis
  • Haitian Admiral
    Adelpha gelania arecosa
  • Julia Heliconian
    Dryas iulia iulia
  • The Zebra
    Heliconius charithonia charithonia
  • Puerto Rican Skipper
    Chorantus borincona
  • Puerto Rican Sulphur
    Pyristia portoricensis
  • Puerto Rican Ringlet
    Calixto nubila
  • Puerto Rican Harlequin
    Atlantea tulita
  • Puerto Rican Yellow
    Eurema Portoricensis
  • Puerto Rican Leafwings
    Anaea borinquinalis
Endemic subspecies