Saturday, 30 May 2009

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

Some of the Butterflies in Sierra Nevada.

False Mallow / Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus tripolinus / alceae).
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.
Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia).
Many False Mallow / Mallow Skipper (Carcharodus tripolinus / alceae) and Small Skippers (Thymelicus sylvestris) and Marsh Fritillaries (Euphydryas aurinia) were found at these wet flushes. Large (Pieris brassicae), Small (Artogeia rapae) and Black-Veined Whites (Aporia crataegi), Spanish Gatekeeper (Pyronia bathsheba) and Clouded Yellow (Colias crocea) were all seen commonly flying amongst the trees.
Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora).
Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Spanish Marbled White (Melanargia ines), Moroccan Orange-tip (Anthocharis belia) and Common Orange-tip (Anthocharis cardamines), 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, Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis pandora), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina) 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.
Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina).

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