Butterflies in Mauritius

Due to its isolated location, there are only about 40 butterflies in Mauritius. However, this includes certain endemic species like the Mauritian Friar and the Mascarene Crow. Other notable butterflies include the Brown Playboy, the Citrus Swallowtail, and the Monarch.

Butterflies in Mauritius

Butterflies in Mauritius

List of Different Butterfly Species of Mauritius

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

  • Brilliant Blue (Junonia rhadama)
  • Common Evening Brown (Melanitis leda)
  • Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas misippus)
  • Mascarene Crow (Euploea euphon)
  • Mauritian Friar (Amauris phoedon)
  • Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
  • Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
  • Antanartia borbonica mauritiana
  • Euploea desjardinsii
  • Heteropsis narcissus
  • Hypolimnas anthedon drucei
  • Hypolimnas bolina jacintha
  • Junonia goudotii
  • Libythea cinyras
  • Neptis frobenia
  • Phalanta phalantha aethiopica
  • Salamis augustina vinsoni

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • African Grass Blue (Zizeeria knysna)
  • Dark Grass Blue (Zizina antanossa)
  • Brown Playboy (Deudorix antalus)
  • Lang’s Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous)
  • Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus)
  • Cacyreus darius
  • Leptotes mandersi
  • Pseudonacaduba sichela reticulum
  • Zizula hylax

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • Eurema brigitta pulchella
  • Eurema floricola ceres
  • Catopsilia florella thauruma

Swallowtail (Papilionidae) 

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • African Straight (Parnara naso)
  • Borbo Skipper (Borbo borbonica)
  • Striped Policeman (Coeliades forestan)
  • Palm Redeye (Erionota thrax)
  • Coeliades ernesti
  • Eagris sabadius

La Vanille Nature Reserve is the place to be if you want to see butterflies in Mauritius. At any given point in time, one can observe about 23,000 insects in the reserve, including butterflies.