Watching Butterflies can be very rewarding. Here is a partial list of the butterflies of Dewees Island that we see regularly on the island: click the photos for more details:
Swallowtails are some of the largest butterflies on the island.
The Pierids are probably responsible for the word butterfly; the early naturalists called them a butter colored fly. In Fact, many are yellow or orange. We have several species on Dewees Island. Crucifers are among their host plants. The earliest to appear in early spring is the Falcate Orangetip. Often whirling in pairs along Old House Lane or near the ferry dock, they are a sure sign that spring is on its way.
Great Southern White
This family makes up more than 40% of all butterfly species. Usually small, they are divided further into subfamilies: coppers, blues, and hairstreaks. The Eastern Pygmy Blue is our smallest butterfly, found near the salt marshes, where it uses saltwort as a host plant and oxeye daisy for nectar.
Eastern Pygmy Blue
Nymphalids are also called brushfoot butterflies. They often have different colors on the tops and undersides of their wings.
American and Painted Ladies
Little Wood Satyr
Skippers have characteristics of both moths and butterflies. They are named after their quick, darting flight habits. Look for them wherever grass is blooming, or where patches of mistflower light up the maritime forest.
Salt Marsh Skipper
You can pick up a butterfly brochure and checklist for $2.00 at our Nature Center Store, or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2.00 to Butterfly Brochure, c/o Dewees Real Estate, 243 Old House Lane, Dewees Island, SC.