Butterflies in the Maldives

Very few butterflies have been recorded in the Maldives, less than 100 total. Notable species include the Gram Blue, the Great Eggfly, and the Common Evening Brown.

Butterflies in the Maldives

Butterflies in the Maldives

List of Different Butterfly Species of the Maldives

Brush-Footed (Nymphalidae)

  • Common Evening Brown (Melanitis leda)
  • Great Eggfly (Hypolimnas bolina)
  • Tamil Bushbrown (Mycalesis subdita)
  • Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)
  • Danaid Eggfly (Hypolimnas misippus)
  • Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
  • Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore)
  • Blue Pansy (Junonia orithya)
  • Blue Tiger (Tirumala limniace)
  • Common Palmfly (Elymnias hypermnestra)
  • Dusky Bush-brown (Orsotriaena medus)

Gossamer-Winged (Lycaenidae)

  • Gram Blue (Euchrysops cnejus)
  • Dingy Lineblue (Petrelaea dana)
  • Apefly (Spalgis epius)
  • Lesser Grass-blue (Zizina otis)
  • Dark Grass Blue (Zizeeria karsandra)
  • Zizula hylax

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae)

  • No-brand Grass-yellow (Eurema brigitta)
  • Common Grass Yellow (Eurema hecabe)
  • White Albatross (Appias albina)
  • Lemon Migrant (Catopsilia pomona)
  • Small Grass-yellow (Eurema smilax)

Swallowtail (Papilionidae) 

  • Common Mormon (Papilio polytes)
  • Crimson Rose (Pachliopta hector)

Skipper (Hesperiidae)

  • Indian Palm Bob (Suastus gremius)
  • Rice Swift (Borbo cinnara)
  • Paintbrush Swift (Baoris farri)

While there aren’t any noteworthy places to go butterfly watching in the Maldives, local gardens and parks might be home to some of them.