Tuesday, 3 August 2021

Arroyo de Prado Negro, Sierra Huétor, Granada Province, Spain.

Looking for Dragons and Butterflies in the dry meadows along the Arroyo.
 
Copper Demoiselle (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis).

After dentist and solicitor appointments I went to have a look at the meadows along the banks of the Arroyo de Prado looking for Butterflies and Dragonflies.
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo).
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo).
The area was very dry and most of the vegetation was burnt off except for some Thistles and Field Eryngo (Eryngium campestris), down by the Rio found large numbers of both Copper (Calopteryx haemorrhoidalis) and Beautiful Demoiselles (Calopteryx virgo), a couple of Common Golden Ringed Dragonflies (Cordulegaster boltonii) and a young Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale).
Common Golden Ringed Dragonfly (Cordulegaster boltonii).
Southern Damselfly (Coenagrion mercuriale).
Out on the meadows I found several species of butterflies including Bath White (Pontia daplidice), Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Small Copper (Lycaena phlaeas), Iberian Marbled White (Melanargia lachesis), Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus), Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus), Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), Southern Brown Argus (Aricia cramera), Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria), Striped Grayling (Hipparchia fidia), Tree Grayling (Neohipparchia statilinus), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera) and Wood White (Leptidea sinapis).
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus).

Spanish Chalk-hill Blue (Lysandra albicans).

Spanish Chalk-hill Blue (Lysandra albicans).

Spanish Chalk-hill Blue (Lysandra albicans).

Spanish Chalk-hill Blue (Lysandra albicans).

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus).

Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus).

Birds included Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes), Woodpigeon (Paloma Torcaz / Columba palumbus), Spotless Starling (Estornino Negro / Sturnus unicolor), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Cirl Bunting (Escribano Soteno / Emberiza cirlus), Sardinian Warbler (Curruca Cabecinegra / Sylvia melanocephala), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Iberian Green Woodpecker (Pito Real / Picus sharpei), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Crag Martin (Avión Roquero / Ptyonoprogne rupestris), Golden Oriole (Oropéndola / Oriolus oriolus), Hawfinch (Picogordo / Coccotraustes coccotrauetes), Long-tailed Tit (Mito / Aegithalos caudatus), Robin (Petirrojo Europeo / Erithacus rubecula) and Short-toed Treecreeper (Agateador Común / Certhia brachydactyla).
Wood White (Leptidea sinapis).

Iberian Marbled White (Melanargia lachesis).

Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe).

Tree Grayling (Neohipparchia statilinus).

Striped Grayling (Hipparchia fidia).

 

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