Butterflies in the lower Sierra's.
(Pam and John, Day Two).
|Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina).|
|A view of Sierra de Huétor.|
|Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina).|
|Pale Flax (Linum bienne).|
|Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe).|
Butterflies on the other hand were very numerous, they included Sage Skipper (Muschampia proto), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Large White (Pieris brassicae), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia), Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes), Black-veined White (Banca del Majuelo / Aporia crataegi), Berger's Clouded Yellow (Colias alfacariensis), Marsh Fritillary (Euphydrayas aurinia beckeri), Small White (Artogeia rapae) and Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera).
|Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes).|
From here we drove through the park hoping to get something to eat at the venta in the woods near the aboritum but when we arrived we found to be closed so we ended up dropping down into the town below where we got a very nice meal before retracing our way back up into the hills again. We stopped on the roadside half way back up after seeing a fine male Black Wheatear (Collalba Negra / Oenanthe leucura) sitting on a sign post. here we checked out the butterflies and soon had Western Dappled White (Euchloe crameri), Oriental Meadow Brown (Hyponephele lupinnus) and Spanish Gatekeeper (Lobito listado / Pyronia bathsheba).
|Pam and John.|
Back at the house we had nice views of a flock of Iberian Magpie (Rabilargo / Cyanopica cooki) whilst we sat up on the terrace sorting out the notes.