Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Sierra Nevada, Granada Province.

Photographing Butterflies on the Old Road down the Sierra.

Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea).
I dropped Jayne at the Sierra Nevada shopping Centre and then went up to the Visitor Centre and parked there whilst I checked an area of Thistles for Butterflies and found Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius), Clouded Yellow (Colias Común / Colias corcea), Marsh Fritillary (Euphydrayas aurinia beckeri), Escher's (Polyommatus escheri) and Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Large (Ochlodes venatus) and Small Skippers (Thymelicus sylvestris), Iberian Marbled (Medioluto Ibérica / Melanargia lachesis) and Small Whites (Pieris rapae).
Escher's Blue (Polyommatus escheri) female.
Further down the road I stopped again by a very dry looking roadside meadow where I found Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Southern Mountain Argus (Aricia montensis), Blue Spotted (Mancha Azul / Satyrium spini) and False Ilex Hairstreaks (Querquera / Satyrium esculi), Long-tailed (Lampides boeticus) and Lang's Short-tailed Blues (Leptotes pirithous), Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus viridis), Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Nuthatch (Trepador Azul / Sitta europaea) and a fly over Booted Eagle (Aguililla Calzada / Hieraaetus pennatus).
Green-veined White (Pieris napi).
On my way down to the Sancutary hotel I stopped on the roadside and found a Purple-shot Copper (Lycaena alciphron subsp gordius) lower down the hill than I have ever seen one, Green-veined White (Pieris napi) and loads more Iberian Marbled Whites
Southern Mountain Argus (Aricia montensis).
Around the hotel entrance and along the road there I picked up Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula) as well as Epipactis fageticola which was in flower and some over with spikes of Sword-leaved (Cephalanatera longifolia) and Small-leaved Helleborines (Epipactis microphylla) and Robust Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza elata), Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis), Old-mans Beard (Clematis vitalba), plus Scarce Swallowtail (Chupaleches / Iphiclides podalirius feisthameli), Common / Southern Blue, Iberian Marbled Whites, Small White, Long-tailed Blue, Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus) and Marsh Fritillary.
Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).
Further on there were more Epipactis fageticola, Marsh and High Brown Fritillary (Fabriciana adippe), Small White, Golden Oriole and Great Spotted Woodpecker (Pico Picapinos / Dendrocopos major).
Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus).
At my last stop before I went to pick Jayne up was down on the side of the Rio Genel where I checked for insects puddling on the damp gravel and found Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera), Holly and Lange's Short-tailed Blues, Marsh Fritillary, Small Skipper, Cleopatra (Cleopatra / Gonepteryx cleopatra), Small White, Common Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii subsp algirica), White Wagtail (Lavandera Blanca / Montacilla alba) and Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris).
Lang's Short-tailed Blue (Leptotes pirithous).
I met up with Jayne at the Shopping Centre and then we had some lunch before doing some shopping and then headed home.

Hoverfly Species.
Iberian Marbled White (Medioluto Ibérica / Melanargia lachesis) male.
Large Skipper (Ochlodes venatus).
Epipactis fageticola.
High Brown Fritillary (Fabriciana adippe).
High Brown Fritillary (Fabriciana adippe).
Common Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii subsp algirica).
Common Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii subsp algirica).

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