Thursday, 25 February 2021

Realenga de Agicampe, Granada Province

Back on the Olive fields looking for the Butterflies again. 
Second Municipal Lock down Day 41.
Green-Striped White (Euchloe belemia).

After finding a couple of new butterflies for the patch yesterday I decided to go back and see if I could get some better shots of the Green-Striped Whites (Euchloe belemia) and the Provence Hairstreak (Tomares ballus). 
Green-Striped White (Euchloe belemia).
The wind was better than yesterday but the sky was full of Sahara dust and the sun didn't get through very strongly which I thought might help but the White's were still very active as were the
Common / Southern Blues (Polyommatus icarus / celina) and Clouded Yellows (Colias corcea).
Provence Hairstreak (Tomares ballus).

Eventually one and only one of the Whites sat a couple of times and gave me the chance to get some shots and fortunately it was the one I wanted and I was pleased to get upper and under-wing pictures.
Provence Hairstreak (Tomares ballus).
As I walked back I also had a couple of Provence Hairstreaks in the same spot as yesterday, this is a species that is never common and is very local in small colonies. 
Linaria micrantha.
I also found a very small Linaria micrantha which was a new species for me and a couple of spikes of Fan-lipped Orchid (Anacamptis collina).

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