Oct 2012 – Return to the Algarve

October 2012. I’m not long back from 10 days in the Algarve and although it was a few weeks earlier than my 2011 trip, the variety and numbers of butterflies I saw were very similar. My new Samsung phone enabled me to get some photos of the main species such as the Spanish Brown Argus, Lang’s Short-tailed Blue (below left), Speckled Wood (European variety) and Crimson Speckled moth. A new discovery was the False Mallow Skipper (below right) which I was able to get quite close to, on my last day in Lagos, as it was sunning itself on a footpath. I discovered later surprisingly that it is quite rare in the Algarve where it seems to have a small presence separate from its more widespread relative the Mallow Skipper with which it cannot interbreed. The real joy for me however was to discover an area outside Lagos where I was able to sit and watch some beautiful Clouded Yellows flitting around. It was quite an open scrubby arid area and I couldn’t believe it one day when a Two-tailed Pasha flew past me. It was unmistakable – as big as a small bird, a powerful flyer and was so close to me that I could clearly see its striking colourings and patterns – search over!

short tailed blue 3 false mallow skipper 4

 

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