Capparis flexuosa - Bloody Head-Raw Bones, Family: CAPPARACEAE has gory-looking opened fruits which give this viny shrub its Cayman common name. US common names are Bay-Leaved Caper, Limber Caper or False Teeth. It is one of the larval food plants of the Great Southern White butterfly – Ascia monuste, Family: PIERIDAE.
Photo: Ann Stafford Dec. 29, 2006
Capparis flexuosa - Bloody Head-Raw Bones, Family: CAPPARACEAE
The flowers open in the evening and fall off in the morning.
It is one of the larval food plants of the Great Southern White butterfly - Ascia monuste
Photo: Ann Stafford, Grand Cayman, May 8, 2008
Flora of the Cayman Islands by George R. Proctor, 2012 p.334, Plates 23 & 24.
Melicoccus bijugatus - Genip Ginep, Guinep, (Spanish Lime, Mamoncillo), Family: SAPINDACEAE.
Native to continental tropical America from Nicaragua to Surinam, widely planted elsewhere and becoming naturalized. Edible fruits.
Photo: Ann Stafford, June 1, 2014.
Flora of the Cayman Islands by George R. Proctor, 2012, p.47
Aegiphila caymanensis - Spirit Vine, Family: VERBENACEAE / LAMIACEAE. Critically Endangered Grand Cayman endemic. Scrambling shrub, OPPOSITE leaves, with velvety brownish hairs and minute glistening yellow glands on the undersurface. Photo: Ann Stafford, June 26, 2009, Constance Drive turning circle, Valley Gardens, Grand Cayman.
Flora of the Cayman Islands by George R. Proctor 2012, p.582 Pl.56.
Black and white banded moth, spread wings about 1 1/2 inches across.
Wings tinged with iridescent blue overlaying the black.
Photo: Selma Lee Arch, George Town, Grand Cayman. Aug. 6, 2013
Old George – Hohenbergia caymanensis, Family: BROMELIACEAE, Critically Endangered Grand Cayman endemic.
This giant Bromeliad grows on rocks and also on tree trunks.
Mostly confined to a small area of rocky woodland (Ironwood Forest) SE of George Town.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Ironwood Forest, Grand Cayman, Aug. 5, 2007.
Flora of the Cayman Islands 2012 by George R. Proctor, p.161, Pl.5.
Rochefortia acanthophora - Spiny Confus'em / Greenheart Ebony, Family: BORAGINACEAE.
Dioecious shrub/small tree, male and female flowers (which lack petals), grow on different plants. Leaves alternate, often clustered. Unripe fruits green, bright red when ripe, 4 seeds. Greater and Lesser Antilles.
Flora of the Cayman Islands 2012 by George R. Proctor p.570 and 438.
Note: Securinga acidoton - Green Ebony, Family: EUPHORBIACEAE (ovary 3-locular) has not been found in the Cayman Islands.
Jasmin Lane, Grand Cayman, P. Ann van B. Stafford, Sept.17, 2006.
Pisonia margaretiae - Cayman Pisonia, Family: NYCTAGINACEAE.
Shrub or small tree, mostly dioecious, but occasionally monoecious.
The viscid-glandular fruits are capable of ensnaring and disabling birds.
Grand Cayman endemic, Critically Endangered.
Image: P. Ann van B. Stafford, May 9, 2010.
Flora of the Cayman Islands 2012 by George R. Proctor, p.254, Pl.14.
spider wasp, Anoplius or Auplopus
Anaea troglodyta cubana , Cuban red leaf butterfly
Memphis verticordia danielana, Cayman Brown Leaf butterfly
Anolis conspersus conspersus - Blue-throated Anole / Chameleon (Grand Cayman endemic) has a brilliant blue throat-fan. The Western Grand Cayman Blue-throated Anole (Anolis conspersus conspersus) is commonly found throughout Grand Cayman and males can be easily recognised by their bright green to turquoise colour. While the anole is not a chameleon, it gets this common name due to its ability to change colour to dark brown or beige. Males are at their brightest blue during breeding season while females remain paler - often grey or light brown. The blue-throated anoles are commonly seen above ground on trees and on the side of buildings. They are relatively shy with males preferring to flee upwards while females and juveniles seek to escape by hiding on ground level. (Ref. Mars van Liefde)
West Indian Whistling Ducks / Whistlers - Dendrocygna arborea (West Indian endemic species),
Moorhens / Red Seal Coot / Common Gallinule - Gallinula galeata and Hickatee (Taco River Slider) - Trachemys decussata angusta, Bel Air Pond, South Sound, Grand Cayman.
Memphis verticordia danielana (Witt, 1972) - Cayman Brown Leaf Butterfly larvae, Family: NYMPHALIDAE, on pseudospurs they made, hanging on the edge of their larval food plant leaves, Endangered Wild Cinnamon - Croton nitens Family: EUPHORBIACEAE. This butterfly is one of the five Cayman Islands endemic subspecies.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Grand Cayman, Nov.17, 2009.
FLICKER Bulletin issue 10, July/Aug. 2010 Hanging on the Edge p.16-21
very common on the island, under a lot of rotting wood, logs, etc.
Duppy Bush moth / White-tipped Black moth - Melanchroia chephise (day-flying moth), Family: GEOMETRIDAE, on Snake Wood / Red Heart - Colubrina arborescens, Family: RHAMNACEAE, Critically Endangered.
Duppy Bush moth (Cayman common name) larva - Melanchroia chephise, Family: GEOMETRIDAE, feeding on Duppy Bush - Phyllanthus angustifolius, EUPHORBIACEAE.
Duppy Bush - Phyllanthus angustifolius, Family: EUPHORBIACEAE.
Monoecious shrub, separate male and female flowers grow on the same plant. It has no leaves, except on the seedlings or when it has been severely cut back to the base of the trunk.
The tiny flowers and fruits are borne on the edges of the PHYLLOCADES – green flattened stems that resemble leaves.
Cayman Islands, Jamaica and Swan Islands only.
Photo: Ann Stafford, Grand Cayman, Nov.9, 2006.
Flora of the Cayman Islands by George R. Proctor 2012 p.444, Fig.159, Plates 37 and 38.
Red List Status: Vulnerable
Cordia sebestena var. caymanensis, Cayman Islands endemic variety, Cayman common name is Broadleaf.
The host plant for the previous two (moth and Cat)