Monday, 31 May 2021

Mirador Del Alto De Hondonero, Malaga Province, Spain.

In search for Butterfly Lifers. 

Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalia) some of the 100s if not 1000s in the area.
After getting some information from José Manuel Moreno Benítez I went to a spot near the town of Villanueva del Rosario where I was looking for butterflies on what was the worst  days weather wise for ages, typical.
Geropogon hybridus.
Catananche caerulea.
Catananche caerulea.
I arrived at the Mirador to find the trees there bent double by the wind and the skies were heavily clouded so I was not confident of seeing much at all.
Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi).
Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi).

However as the morning went on the cloud thinned a little but the was never any proper sun and the wind dropped a bit. Seeing that I was wasting my time up at the mirador I dropped lower down and parked on the track side where I had quite a long walk down hill and then back up to the car.
8099 Bright Wave (Idaea ochrata).

There were loads of Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalia), a big area of Catananche caerulea, lots of spikes of  Geropogon hybridus, Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris), Corn Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), False Saw-wort (Crupina vulgaris), Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena) and Pyrenean Cranesbill (Geranium pyrenaicum).
Essex skipper (Thymelicus lineola).
Essex skipper (Thymelicus lineola).
Essex skipper (Thymelicus lineola).
Essex skipper (Thymelicus lineola).
Essex skipper (Thymelicus lineola).
Essex skipper (Thymelicus lineola).
As I walked amongst the plants and shrubs I pushed up the first of several
Essex skippers (Thymelicus lineola) which was a new species of butterfly for my Spanish list, one I thought I had found several times in the passed but they were rejected once the photographs were checked through.
Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina).
Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe).
Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).
Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera).
Southern Marbled Skipper (Carcharodus baeticus).
In the same area I also had
Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), Woodlark (Totovia / Lullula arborea), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Turtle Dove (Tórtola Europea / Streptopelia turtur), Sardinian (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala) and Western Subalpine Warbler (Curruca Carrasquena / Sylvia cantillans).
Silene muscipula.
Silene muscipula.

Other butterflies included Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Small White (Pieris rapae), Southern Brown Argus (Aricia cramera) and Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera).
Marrubium vulgare.
Yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata).
As I walked back up the hill I cut off the main track and checked a small pool below the Bird Observatory where I found good numbers of Migrant Spreadwings (Lestes barbarus) in the reeds but they were difficult get shots of in the wind.
Lizard Orchid (Himanthoglosum hircinum).
Small Woodcock Orchid (Ophrys picta).
I returned to the car and drove up to the Mirador again and the walked down onto the grassy meadows below and the took a path further down the hill. 
Small-tongue Orchid (Serapias parviflora).
I this area I found Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe), Southern Marbled Skipper (Carcharodus baeticus), Spanish Marbled White (Melanargia ines), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Spanish Gatekeeper (Pyronia bathsheba), Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), Lizard (Himanthoglosum hircinum) and Small Woodcock Orchid (Ophrys picta), Marrubium vulgare, Yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata),  Silene muscipula, Childing Pink (Petrorhagia prolifera), Common Vetch (Vicia sativa), Hummingbird Hawkmoth (Macroglossum stellatarum), Ocellated Lizard (Timon lepidus) and Large Psammodromus (Psammodromus algirus).
Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus).
Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus).
Migrant Spreadwing (Lestes barbarus).
The wind started to build again so I walked back up to the car and drove back down the hill and home.

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