Friday, 26 June 2009

Cacín Valley, Granada Province.

The Butterflies

Throughout the day butterfly species were on the wing and several interesting species were noted. Blue-spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini) and Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes) were both seen feeding on the spiny flowers of Field Eryngo (Eryngium campestre), whilst several Scarce Swallowtails (Chupaleches / Iphichides podalirius feistameli) flew rapidly past looking for the larger flowers of the thistle plants.
Also seen in good numbers were Common (Icaro (Dos puntos) / Polyommtus icarus) and Long-tailed Blues (Lampides boeticus), Brown Argus (Aricia agestis), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), Small Heath (Ninfa de Linneo / Coenonympha pamphilus f Iyllus), Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx rhamni), Southern Gatekeeper (Pyronia cecilia) and several species of White, including Bath (Blanquiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Small (Blanquita de la Col / Artogeia rapae) and Large (Blanca de la Col / pieris brassicae).
Photographs from the top: Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes), Blue-spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini) and Scarce Swallowtails (Chupaleches / Iphichides podalirius feistameli).

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