Monday, 29 May 2017

El Porche, Sierra Nevada, Granada Province.

A few hours butterfly hunting (with the Camera).

Marsh Fritillary (Euphydrayas aurinia beckeri).
I dropped Jayne off at the Nevada shopping centre before going up to El Porche and looking for some butterfly species, in the pine woodlands I heard and saw Firecrest (Reyezuelo Listado / Regulus ignicapillus), Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus) and Coal Tit (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater).
Black-veined White (Banca del Majuelo / Aporia crataegi).
In the more open areas which were dotted with Yellow Phlomis (Phlomis lychnitis), Common Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), Berberis vulgaris, Salvia lavandulifolia and White Rockrose (Helianthemum apenninum) I found several species of butterfly including Knapweed (Melitaea phoebe), Marsh (Euphydrayas aurinia beckeri) and Cardinal Fritillaries (Pandora / Argynnis pandora), Common / Southern (Polyommatus icarus / celina) and Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes), Black-veined (Banca del Majuelo / Aporia crataegi) and Small Whites (Pieris rapae), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Grayling (Hipparchia semele), Moroccan Orange-tip (Anthocharis belia), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea) and Spanish Gatekeeper (Lobito listado / Pyronia bathsheba).
Panoptes Blue (Pseudophilotes panoptes).
Just up the road I stopped again and checked out an area of thistles on a roadside bank and found Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp hispulla), False Ilex (Querquera / Satyrium esculi) and Blue Spotted Hairstreaks (Mancha Azul / Satyrium spini), Black-veined and Bath Whites (Blanqiverdosa / Pontia daplidice), Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris), Panoptes Blue, Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera) and Clouded Yellow.
False Ilex Harstreak (Querquera / Satyrium esculi).
Birds included Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Red-billed Chough (Chova Piquirroja / Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) and Common Stonechat (Tarabilla Común / Saxicola torquata).
Yellow Phlomis (Phlomis lychnitis).
On a meadow near by I saw more Small Skippers, Marsh Fritillaries, Bath White, Meadow Brown, Spanish Gatekeepers, Clouded YellowHeliothea discoidaria, Golden Oriole, House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica), Subalpine Warbler (Curruca Carrasquena / Sylvia cantillans), Jackdaw (Grajilla / Corvus monedula), Mistle Thrush (Zorzal Charlo / Turdus viscivorus), Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus) and Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus).
I also saw two different types of Owlfly, the commonest was Libelloides baeticus but I also saw several of another species which I still need to identify.
Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina ssp hispulla).

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris).
Salvia lavandulifolia.
 Heliothea discoidaria.

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