A Few Butterflies Found In Barra de Navidad, Mexico

For me, birding is not just about seeing birds; it's an immersion into the natural world.  When I go for a bird walk in a reasonably natural area, I take in what Mother Nature is serving up for the day.  It is a way to escape worries and live in the here and now of the hunt for something magical. While scanning for birds my eyes go to movements; a slender branch in the understory that is spinning wildly in an unseen whirlpool of wind, the gossamer strands of spider web sparkling between branches,  a lizard scurrying for the understory or up the trunk of a tree and of course, the flickering beauty of one of natures most endearing creatures; butterflies. 
White Morphos Butterfly.
I have been watching these gorgeous things for weeks now and  this is the first time I've seen one land, it must be getting old. They are much like the electric blue kind I saw daily in Panama, but are white. They appear all white while flying at a distance, but they have markings when you see them up close. They fly in the same floppy, bouncy way the Blue Morphos did.
Microtia elva
Elf Butterfly. Tiny little guy.  Wing span 1 to 1 7/16 inches.
 Heliconius erato. Wingspan for this butterfly is 2.2 to 3.1 inches  5.5–8 cm
Above:  A very faded Ruddy Daggerwing
Carolina Satyr ?
I had originally posted the following butterflies with questionable IDs. Thanks to Nick Morgan for helping out. Nick is a butterfly enthusiast from Scotland.  You can check out his blog here:
Master of  camouflage:  Gray Cracker
Guatemalan Cracker
 Possibly Glaucous Cracker
 Four-spotted Sailor (Dynamine postverta) 


  1. Hi Sue,
    What a fantastic selection of butterflies. I love the White Morphos. I have never seen those before. The Blue Morpho seems to be very popular with butterfly houses, but the white one is much more tasteful!! It is interesting to see the sizes of these butterflies. I would have assumed that the second butterfly was much bigger just from the picture. I remember when I visited St Lucia that I was surprised at how small the White Peacock was having only previously seen pictures of them. I had expected it to be about twice the size! And as for the Great Southern White, I expected it to be really big!! I will have a look in my butterfly books and see if I can come up with a name for that last butterfly.

    1. Hi Nick,
      I would be grateful for any IDs you can make; and so would anyone looking in trying to find IDs. There are lots of butterflies here! Seemed like a bit more a few weeks ago--maybe my imagination. I have been having camera issues and am not getting very good shots. I do have some passable photos, but I don't like to put them up without IDs. Sometimes people (like me :) ) see a photo on the net and go to it only to find it's posted as 'large orange butterfly'. I don't have time to ID what I have. Maybe I should just post all the unknowns and let you do the work? :) I have a Cattleheart that I thought was a Montezuma, but it just doesn't seem exactly right.

    2. Sue,
      I agree with your identification for the first seven pictures. For the crackers how about a Gray Cracker for the first one and a Guatemalan Cracker for the second? They seem a good match according to "A Swift Guide to the Butterflies of Mexico and Central America". The third one seems quite faded, but could be a Glaucous Cracker.
      And for the last butterfly how about the Four-spotted Sailor, Dynamine postverta?
      What do you think?

    3. Thanks again, Nick. I will change the names and then go online and check your recommendations. Thank-you for taking time to do this.

  2. Hi Again Nick,
    Just checked out the Four-spotted Sailor, I'm sure you're right. Thanks.