A day on the hill and surrounding areas with Helen and Paul Brock entomologists from the Newforest in the UK.
|Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes).|
|Southern Marbled Skipper (Carcharodus boeticus).|
|Paul in action with the Cardinal Fritillary.|
Plant life was also seen Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalia), Rabbits bread (Andryala integrifolia), Rampion Bellflower (Campanular rapunculus), Mediterranean Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), Centaurea boissieri, Navel-wort (Omphalodes commutata) and Purple Bugloss (Echium plantagineum).
|Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).|
We eventually admitted defeat but not before we saw a great selection of other insects including Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes), Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe), a very nice Long-horn Beetle species and a Robberfly with a beetle in it grasp.
We moved on making our way straight out to Charca del Negra where we gave the area a really good checking over, again we had some more insect species along with Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae), Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea) and Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera).
|Robberfly sp and prey.|
On Charca it's self we had views of a male Blue / Common Emperor (Anax imperator) and a male Black-tailed Skimmer (Orthetrum cancellatum) which was the first time I had seen this species at the pool. Whilst we watched the Dragons we also saw several Sharp-ribbed Salamanders (Pleurodeles waltl) come up to breath. We moved a short distance further along the track and checked out the Goat Cave where we saw Blue-rock Thrush, Black Redstart, Wall Brown and Small Copper again before turning around and heading a short way back down the hill to a roadside dell where we spent quite a while getting photographs, these included some niceones of a beautiful female Cardinal Fritillary (Pandora / argynnis Pandora) which was one of Paul and Helens main target species.
|Long-horn Beetle species.|
|Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina).|
|Cardinal Fritillary (Pandora / argynnis Pandora).|
|Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).|