Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Refugio de Juanar, Ojen, Malaga Province.

Some more Orchids (39th and 40th species for the year).

Today I was lucky enough to find a couple of hours spare while Jayne and Barb were shopping down Fuengirola to visit the Refugio de Juanar. The main species I was looking for was Red Helleborine (Cephalanthera rubra) and after some searching I found a nice spike in good flower, most were still in bud. Also seen were a few spikes of Lange's Orchid (Orchis langei), a couple of Bug Orchids (Orchis coriophora), several well over with spikes of Barton's Orchids (Dactylorhiza insularis) and four nicely flowering Lizard Orchids (Himantoglossum hircinum). Birds included Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea), Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus) and Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius). While I was wandering around the woods several butterflies were also recorded and they included Spanish Marbled White (Melanargia ines), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Spanish Gatekeeper (Lobito listado / Pyronia bathsheba), Small White (Artogeia rapae), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp hispulla), Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) and Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra). On the walk back to the car I found several spikes of Epipactis tremolsii flowering in some deep shade below the Sweet Chestnuts.
Photographs from the top: 2x Red Helleborine (Cephalanthera rubra), Bug Orchids (Orchis coriophora) and 2x Epipactis tremolsii.

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