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Thursday 4 July 2024

Aisa Valley, Aragón, Spain.

Back out east but up higher today.

The view from the top of the steep hill.
I decided to return to the Aisa valley where I had seen the Mountain Alcon Blue (Phengaris rebeli) a few days earlier but this time I started by walking up higher from the end of the road above the site I went to before.
A different looking Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia species) taller, more robust and later flowering than the many conopsea which were mostly completely over with but I am assured that it is the same????
Burnt Orchid (Neotinea Ustulata).
Broad-leaved Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza Majalis).
Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia).
I parked and walked up the first part of the track which Friends Ed and Steve had forgot to mention was a tad steep, by the time I reached the top I thought my Heart was going to come out of my chest, I have got unfit.
Alpine Aster (Aster alpinus).
Mediterranean Sea Holly (Eryngium bourgatii).
Alpine Asphodel (Tofieldia calyculata).
Large-flowered Butterwort (Pinguicula grandiflora).
Bellflower species.
During this walk when I could breath I saw
Coal (Carbonero Garrapinos / Parus ater) and Great Tit (Carbonera Común / Parus major), Blackbird (Mirlo Común / Turdus merula), Common Chiffchaff (Mosquitero Común / Phylloscopus collybita), Blackcap (Curruca Capirotada / Sylvia atricailla), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Serin (Verdecillo / Serinus serinus), Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes) and House Martin (Avión Común / Delichon urbica). 
Piedmont Ringlet (Erebia meolans).
Piedmont Ringlet (Erebia meolans).
Piedmont Ringlet (Erebia meolans).
Plants included Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalia), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), Martagon Lily (Lilium Martagon), Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare) and Pyrenean Cranesbill (Geranium pyrenaicum).
Southern Heath Fritillary (Melitaea nevadensis).
Meadow Fritillary (Mellicta parthenoides).
Provençal Fritillary (Melitaea deione).
Once the ground levelled out and I had got my breath I started to check the beautiful area of Alpine meadows finding
Fragrant (Gymnadenia conopsea), Burnt (Neotinea Ustulata), Broad-leaved Marsh (Dactylorhiza Majalis) and Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia), Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor), Large-flowered Butterwort (Pinguicula grandiflora), Mediterranean Sea Holly (Eryngium bourgatii), Alpine Asphodel (Tofieldia calyculata) and Alpine Aster (Aster alpinus).  
Idas Blue (Plebejus idas).
Turquoise Blue (Polyommatus dorylas).

Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus).

Silver-studded Blue (Plebejus argus).

Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina).

Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina).

There weren't that many butterflies up at the high area but I did find 
Provençal (Melitaea deione), Southern Heath (Melitaea nevadensis) and Meadow Fritillary (Mellicta parthenoides), Idas (Plebejus idas), Silver-studded (Plebejus argus), Turquoise (Polyommatus dorylas) and Common / Southern Blue (Polyommatus icarus / celina), Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua), Red-underwing (Spialia sertorius), Oberthür's Grizzled (Pyrgus armoricanus),
Clouded Yellow (Colias corceua).
Queen of Spain (Issoria lathonia).
Red-underwing Skipper (Spialia sertorius).
Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus armoricanus).
Oberthür's Grizzled Skipper (Pyrgus armoricanus).
On the walk back down which was much easier on the heart and lungs but not the knees, I had a fly over male
Bullfinch (Camachuelo Común / Pyrrhula pyrrhula),
Common Kestrel (Cernicalo Vulgar / Falco tinnunculus), Crested Tit (Herrerillo Capuchino / Parus cristatus), Bonelli's Warbler (Mosquitero Papialbo / Phylloscopus bonelli), Large Pincertail (Onychogomphus uncatus), Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera), Southern White Admiral (Limenitis reducta), Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni), Meadow Brown (Maniola jurtina), Blue Spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini), Southern Heath, Dark-green (Speyeria aglaja) and Lesser Marbled Fritillary (Brenthis ino), Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), Macroglossum stellatarum (Hummingbird Hawkmoth) and  Xiphion latifolium.
Blue Spotted Hairstreak (Satyrium spini).
Macroglossum stellatarum (Hummingbird Hawkmoth).
Lesser Marbled Fritillary (Brenthis ino).
Lesser Marbled Fritillary (Brenthis ino).
I got back to the car and dropped down to the lower area where I had seen the
Mountain Alcon Blue, parked and went for a walk along the track to the south hoping to find a small area of water Peter the guide I had meet a few day earlier had told me about.
Southern Heath Fritillary (Melitaea nevadensis).
On the way I found at least 10 Mountain Alcon Blue but today at least 4 of them were very active males which didn't land the whole time I watched them, the females were better and allowed me to get some nice shots.
Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe).
Dark-green Fritillary (Speyeria aglaja).
Large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera).
Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata).
I carefully checked the
Cross-leaved Gentian (Gentiana cruciata) plants I had seen the females laying on a few days ago and right in the tops were what I am guessing are the eggs placed there.
Mountain Alcon Blue (Phengaris rebeli).
Mountain Alcon Blue (Phengaris rebeli).
Mountain Alcon Blue (Phengaris rebeli) on a Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalia).
Mountain Alcon Blue (Phengaris rebeli) eggs on Cross-leaved Gentian (Gentiana cruciata).
I continued on along the track finding
Knapweed (Melitaea phoebe) x1 and Silver-Washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) x1, Large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera) x2, Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) x25+ and by the small area of water which took some finding I had puddling Safflower Skipper (Pyrgus carthami) x3, Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens) x3 and Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa) x2.
Green-veined White (Pieris napi).
Southern Heath Fritillary (Melitaea nevadensis).
Marbled White (Melanargia galathea).
Burnet species.
Other species seen included
Southern White Admiral, Green-veined White (Pieris napi), Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata), Red-backed Shrike (Alcaudón Dorsirrojo / Lanius collurio), Common Chaffinch (Pinzón Vulgar / Fringilla coelebs), Black Redstart (Colirrojo Tizón / Phoenicurus ochruros) and Jay (Arrendajo / Garrulus glandarius).
Safflower Skipper (Pyrgus carthami).
Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens).
Broad-bodied Chaser (Libellula depressa).
When I got back to the car I had a drink and then went for a walk on the other side of the river but apart from
Large Red Damselfly (Pyrrhosoma nymphula), Dingy Skipper (Erynnis tages) and Wren (Chochin / Troglodytes troglodytes) I didn't add any thing else before I headed back to Ansó seeing Red Kite (Milano Real / Milvus milvus) and Raven (Cuervo / Corvus corax).

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