By Peter Petersen


The Bermuda White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus catesbyi) is called "Longtail" in Bermuda. This species seems to feed mainly on squid, flying fish, and crabs. This subspecies is found in the Caribbean and Bermuda.

The West Indian Green Chiton (Chiton tuberculatus) is a mollusk (belonging to Polyplacophora) Chitons have their own family (Chitonidae), This is a native species and found along the coastline.

Bermuda's Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis bermudensis) seems to feed mainly on insects, arachnids and berries. This is an adult male.

The Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae) is one of the native species which seem to adapt well to human settlement. This species is common on the island. I found caterpillars on Golden Shower Tree (Cassia fistula).

The Imago Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly (Phoebis sennae) seem to prefer flowers of the introduced Mexican Prickly Poppy (Argemone mexicana).

One of the native spiders of Bermuda. The Common Hentz Jumping Spider (Hentzia palmarum) is as you can see, a relatively small species. This is a female.


The Common Hentz Jumping Spider (Hentzia palmarum) is found all over the island and in many of the smaller islands around the country.

The pelagic Portuguese Man O' War (Physalia physalis) may look like a jellyfish, but in fact it is only a distant relative belonging to a group called siphonophore. Do not touch these venomous animals.

The Milkweed Assassin Bug (Zelus longipes) is a widespread species. Found from North America to South America and also native to many smaller islands like Bermuda.

The diurnal Hawaiian Beet Webworm Moth (Spoladea recurvalis) is a widespread species also native to Bermuda. I found this specimen in Spittal Pond.

Bermuda is the most Eastern part of the natural range of the Slender Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus fasciatus). This species is an important food source for many species on the island.

Like many other species here the Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) is introduced. They seem to feed mainly on small seeds and buds here.

The Caribbean Leatherleaf Slug (Sarasinula plebeia) is also present in Bermuda. This widespread species of snail was originally described from New Caledonia and the natural range of the species is uncertain.

The Caribbean Leatherleaf Slug (Sarasinula plebeia) is doing well around human settlements and the species is very common in Bermuda.

The Barbuda Bank Tree Anole (Anolis leachii) is an invasive species here. 

In my experience the Barbuda Bank Tree Anole (Anolis leachii) is the second most common lizard here.

The Climbing Dayflower (Commelina diffusa) is also introduced in Bermuda. This specimen is from Spittal Pond.

The Bumblebee Millipede (Anadenobolus monilicornis) is also an introduced species in Bermuda. This species is doing well all over the island. It thrives near human settlements. I found this specimen on a house.

The European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis) is also introduced here. This species is very common all over the island.

Sally Lightfoot Crab Grapsus grapsus

The Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) is a common crustacean all over the cliffs and rocks of Bermuda's coastline.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea

A young Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea). This species is introduced on the island. It seems to feed mainly on fish and crabs.

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea2

An adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea). This one seemed interested in some nearby lizards.

Rambur's Forktail Ischnura ramburii

The Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii) is a widespread damselfly. Bermuda is the most Eastern part of its Northern range. 

Vermilion Saddlebags Tramea abdominalis

Another common insect here is the Vermilion Saddlebags (Tramea abdominalis). Bermuda seems to be the most Northern part of this dragonfly's range.

Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus

The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is rare here. This species is native to the USA but occasionally the American national bird crosses the sea to Bermuda.

Bermuda view

In Bermuda it's difficult to get a shot without houses on. Here I almost succeeded. 

Broad-nosed Weevils Diaprepes famelicus

The Broad-nosed Weevils (Diaprepes famelicus) is one of the native insects here. The species seems to be common on the island.

Mangrove bermuda

A few places in Bermuda the mangroves are doing well. Most of the mangrove here is protected.

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) is a widespread species and this bird is native to Bermuda as well.

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres2

The Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) seems to feed mainly on worms and small crustaceans here.

Click Beetles Family Elateridae

This Click Beetle belongs to the family Elateridae. This might belong to the genera Anchastus or Athous

Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata

The Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) is native to the islands. It is found in most freshwater and brackish water lakes on the main island.


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