Birds, Butterflies and endemic Wildflowers including the fifth Gentian!!!!
A day with Elena and Steve Powell.
|Black Satyr (Negra / Satyrus actaea).|
|Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma).|
From the new meeting point we made our up to the car parks near the barrier and out onto the Barranco de San Juan. Almost straight away we saw our first of a few Spanish Brassy Ringlets (Erebia hispania) seen during the day, this one avoided the camera but Steve did get some nice shots of some we saw later. we soon started to find some wild flowers along the side the track which included the endemic's Nevada House Leek (Sempervivum vicentei ssp lainzii), Eryngium bourgatii, Nevada Mullien (Verbascum nevadense) but going over, Digitalis purpurea and Galium nevadensis.
|Lataste's viper (Víbora hocicuda / Vipera latastei).|
|Gentiana pneumonanthe subsp depressa.|
From here we dropped down the hill past the visitor center and then down the old road, after a few KM we stopped and checked out an area of rocky grassland surrounded by Pine trees. Almost straight away we added a couple of nice species to the list, the first we the small Dusky Heath (Coenonympha dorus), a quick moving Great Banded Grayling (Kanetisa circe) and the first of many Tree Graylings (Neohipparchia statilinus).
|Mountain Argus (Aricia artaxerxer montensis).|