A day on the hill and surrounding areas with Helen and Paul Brock entomologists from the New Forest 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 nice ones of a beautiful female Cardinal Fritillary (Pandora / argynnis Pandora) which was one of Paul and Helen's main target species.
|Long-horn Beetle species.|
|Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina).|
We dropped down off the mountain and had a run along the road between Venta Del Raya and Zafarraya where we stopped and spent the afternoon wandering around a large area of Oak woodland seeing Lots more species including Provence Orange-tip (Anthocharis euphenodes), Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus), Small White (Artogeia rapae), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), Spanish Festoon, Spanish Marbled White, Southern Brown Argus, Clouded Yellow and Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris).
We also had Lange's Orchid (Orchis langei), Southern Early Purple Orchid (Chupaeros / Orchis olbiensis), Lizard Orchid (Himantoglosum hircinum), Owlfly (Libelloides coccajus), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla) and Woodchat Shrike (Alcaudón Común / Lanius senator).
We then headed back up to the house, I have listed only the species that I have named but we saw a great many insects that were new to me and will still need to be named.
|Cardinal Fritillary (Pandora / argynnis Pandora).|
|Adonis Blue (Lysandra bellargus).|