The Butterfly Migration on a Beautiful Morning Up North

The butterfly migration has started.  Flying north to south – the Cloudless Sulphur start slowly…one or two a minute passing along the beach and the sea to up to 100s at a time.  With an odd black or orange butterfly joining them, it’s a wave of yellow wings.

It lasts for about a week and then they are gone.

They are SO hard to capture in a photo while on the move…your only chance is the red flowers that seem to attract them.  Lucky for me, Island Films made this video a few years ago about the mid-July phenomenon.

Belize Butterfly Migration from Island Films on Vimeo.

Butterflies are cold-blooded creatures and move south to stay warm.  In the tropics, they often move to a place for a new food supply.  I have been unable to find out where these guys are coming from or where they are going to.  All I know is that it is magical to sit on the balcony and watch them fluttering by.

I went for a walk today – north from Xtan Ha Resort (at about 7ish miles north) to La Belize Resort (8 miles north).

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I took a bunch of pictures…almost each one had a butterfly going by in it.   You are going to have to take my word for it.  Honestly.

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Otherwise, you can just see what a beautiful walk it is…

One of the most gorgeous properties on the island, Tuto.

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2000 feet of perfect beachfront.

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And looking back towards the main house and the caretakers’ home.  Both modest compared to the size of this amazing property.

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Let’s continue north…BUTTERFLIES!  REALLY!

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The totally undeveloped properties are just as beautiful as those carefully groomed.

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Sea grapes.

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I love this advertising sign for Juan, a housepainter.  Interesting spot…

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The next house before La Belize.

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And then the resort…

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And a walk out to the dock…

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We headed back with butterflies whisking by us.  And did one show up on film?  No.  I have a goal for today.

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  • Michelle Dionne

    The one with Juan the housepainter’s sign has a butterfly in it, just above the sign and below the palm leaf on the left. Had to really zoom to see it though lol

    • sanpedroscoop

      Hurray! Thanks for that. Honestly, I thought I was taking pictures of flocks the whole times. Which makes me think…what is a group of butterflies called?

      • Michelle Dionne

        It’s called a kaleidoscope 🙂

  • Susan

    There is a butterfly on the palm tree trunk in the photo of the caretakers house too!

  • Is La Beliza the former Blue Reef Resort? We met one of the owners there, and he took us up to see his unit. GORGEOUS, but the mosquitoes were fierce! Love the butterflies. 🙂

    • sanpedroscoop

      It is…I don’t know how the ownership works now. Another one of those projects in Belize.

  • SPmQQse

    25 or so years ago…b4 ”the fogger”…. there were hundreds of thousands of butter flies…all kinds, sizes and types….year round…..and moths…loads of moths chasing lights….!!!…and huge flocks of birds…again all kinds….and oh so many more lizards …
    it’s amazing the amount of creatures that the fogger destroys.
    …….
    gatta thank SPTC/B for their killing spree each month or so.

    • sanpedroscoop

      I am all for killing the mossies. And maybe moths…not sure about those things. Creepy. AYE! You really have a gift for turning the positive negative…it’s like a special power 🙂

      • SPmQQse

        yah, i too, wanna kill them mozzies…mainly when they land on me.
        moths… they are just visually too kool…to kill…as are most insects….but the ones that want blood or sting…well….’fair-game’…!
        creepy…. at first…..sorta… but so fascinating…those bugs..

        as for ”the gift”….i doubt..if it is really a gift… or just the fact that i’ve seen better and more abundant days, b4 so much all of the ecology of the island became expendable for profit ….!
        and oh my ,the destruction that is to come…..
        15 yrs or so , of ”sustainable developement”…is just the beginning…..

        i was lookin at some old aerial photos of SP in the late 70’s-80’s-90’s ……and was comparing it to a google earth shot of the aprox. similar elevation/angle….OUCH.

        yes perhaps i am seeking the glass 1/2 empty these last few years….but then….ecology wise…that’s better than the reality of the future.!