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Glass-bottom, snorkel, diving and island boat tours, and rentals for canoes and other paddle-craft, are temporarily unavailable. The park is working to resolve the issue as soon as possible and regrets the inconvenience. Limited snack items are available.
Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes
Photo by Thomas Emmel
The most abundant animals in Biscayne National Park are the insects, the most dreaded being the mosquito. There are also many dragonflies, butterflies, including the critically endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly, tree hoppers, golden orb spiders, and thousands of others that make the islands their home. The horseshoe crab is included here because it is not a true crab. Rather, it is more closely related to spiders.
The following list includes insects which have been documented in the park. Here they have been sorted alphabetically by common name. The list is not exhaustive, and documented sightings of species not on this list are welcome. Submit your sightings to the webmaster.
Ant, Brachymyrmax obscurior
Bagworm, Cryptothelea gloverii
Cassius Blue butterfly, Leptotes cassius
Eastern lubber grasshopper, Romalea microptera
Faithful Beauty, Composia fidelissima
Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes
Honey bee, Apis mellifera
Inimical Borer moth, Pseudogalleria inimicella
Julia butterfly, Dryas julia
Large Orange Sulphur, Phoebis agarithe
Mangrove Skipper, Phocides pigmalion
Moth, Banisia furva fracta
Moth, Coxina cintipalpis
Moth, Episimus kimbali
Moth, Ethmia confusella
Moth, Eumestleta cinnamomea
Moth, Gonocausta sabinalis
Moth, Massala obvertens
Moth, Oiketicus abbotii
Moth, Synclera jarbusalis
Oak leafroller, Archips semiferana
Parachma moth, Parachma ochrealis
Queen butterfly, Danaus gilippus
Red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta
Seagrape Borer, Hexeris enhydris
Tortyra moth, Tortyra slossonia
Variegated leafroller, Platynota flavedana
Watson's Tallula moth, Tallula watsoni
Zebra Longwing, Helicorius charitonius
Did You Know?
Elliott Key and other islands in Biscayne National Park were settled under the Homestead Act of 1862. This law gave free land to settlers willing to live on and farm a piece of land for five years. The main crops planted here were pineapples and key limes.