Searching for Butterflies in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Emma and Aiden, Day One.
|Spanish Brassy Ringlets (Erebia hispania).|
I met Ema and Aiden near Huétor Tajar and we headed straight off up into the mountains, our first stop was near the ski resort on the A395 when we picked up a raptor which we never got onto properly after we parked but in the vegetation around the pull off we started the Butterfly list with Iberian Marbled White (Melanargia lachesis), Long-tailed Blue (Lampides boeticus) and Spanish Brown Argus (Aricia cramera).
|Tawny Pipit (Bisbita campestre / Anthus campestris).|
We continued on up to the car parks at 2500m and found a roadside slot as the main parking areas were full being a Sunday.
|Nevada House Leek (Sempervivum minutum).|
|Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia).|
|Gentiana pneumonanthe subsp depressa,|
|Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris).|
|Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma).|
In this area we found several nice wild plants including Gentiana pneumonanthe subsp depressa, Gentiana boryi, Gentianella tenella, Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris), Pinguicola nevadensis but not in flower, Epilobium atlanticum, Plantago nivalis also not in flower but locally very common, Saxifraga stellaris which was flowering in the damp gullies, Euphrasia willommii, Minature Wild Plum (Prunus prostrata) and then as we walked back we found the first Niobe Fritillary (Argynnis niobe), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Silver-spotted Skipper (Hesperia comma), Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas) and Bath White (Pontia daplidice).
|Hermits (Chazara briseis) ♂.|
|Hermits (Chazara briseis) ♀.|
|Iberian Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides feisthameli).|
|Cardinal Fritillaries (Pandora / Argynnis pandora).|
Birds at this site included an immature Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax), Mallard (Anade Azulón / Anas platyrhynchos), Common Pochard (Porrón Común / Aythya ferina), Cattle Egret (Garcilla Bueyera / Bubulcus ibis), Eurasian Coot (Focha Común / Fulica atra) and a Common Sandpiper (Andarrios Chico / Actitis hypoleucos).
|Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina).|
We left this site and made our way back to the hotel where I dropped Emma and Aiden off and set up for the morning, day two.