Saturday, 30 May 2009

A day in the Sierra Nevada with SEO, Granada Province, (part two).

The Butterflies.

Whilst on the walk a good number of butterflies were seen in the sunshine that was with us for most of the day. Many species were seen collecting minerals and water from the small flows of water along the path ways. Many Mallow (Carcharodus alceae) and Small Skippers (Thymelicus sylvestris) and Marsh Fritillaries (Euphydryas aurinia) were found at these wet flushes. Large White (Pieris brassicae), Small White (Artogeia rapae), Spanish Gatekeeper, (Pyronia bathsheba), Black-Veined White (Aporia crataegi) and Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea) were all seen commonly flying amongst the trees.
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Spanish Marbled White (Melanargia ines), Moroccan Orange-tip (Anthocharis belia), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae), Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina), Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius feisthameli) the southern form of this species, Common Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines), Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora), Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) which is also quite different from the Northern European form (female having blue upper wings), Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) also differing slightly from Northern forms by having Orange instead of cream spots and Brown Argus (Aricia agestis) were all also seen during the day.
Photographs from the top: Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus alceae), Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia), Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora) and Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus).

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