A day looking for Butterflies.
Day one with Bent Halfdan Pedersen from Denmark.
|Apollo (Apolo / Parnassius apollo subsp nevadensis).|
|Sierra Nevada Ocellated Lizard (Lacerta lepida / Timon nevadensis).|
|Band-eyed Drone Fly (Eristalinus taeniops).|
|Tree Grayling (Neohipparchia statilinus).|
We again dropped down the road stopping at the Botanical Gardens where we checked the lower grassy areas out as this was where I saw good numbers of butterflies a week or so earlier. We started off by seeing several Rock Graylings (Hipparchi alcyone), Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous), Clouded Yellow (Colias corcea), Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus), Great Banded Grayling (Kanetisa circe), Grayling (Hipparchia semele), Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra), Cardinal Fritillary (Argynnis Pandora), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina) and in an area of Pyrenean Oaks (Quercus pyrenaica) a couple of Purple Hairstreaks (Quercusia Quercus) and Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria).
Whilst we were concentrating on the butterflies I also saw or heard Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Common Crossbill (Piquituerto Común / Loxia curvirostra), Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus) and a scampering Red Squirrel (Ardilla común / Sclurus vulgaris).
We then went back up to the car and took the old road down through Guejar-sierra, on the way we stopped at an open area in the pine woods and found Dusky Heath (Coenonympha dorus), Lesser Spotted Fritillary (Melitaea trivia), Iberian Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthameli), False Ilex Hairstreak (Satyrium esculi), Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius) and Tree Grayling (Neohipparchia statilinus) before dropping back in to the city for the end of day one.