Friday, 26 June 2009

Cacín Valley, Granada Province.

The Butterflies

Blue-spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini).
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.
Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes).
Scarce Swallowtail (Chupaleches / Iphichides podalirius feistameli).
Also seen in good numbers were Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina) and Long-tailed Blues (Lampides boeticus), Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera), 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).

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