Third catch in Aosta
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1w ago
My wish list for Aosta included three things: the Iolas Blue, the caterpillar of the Piedmont anomalous Blue and the caterpillar of the Apollo.  One and a half week ago I visited the hotspot of the Piedmont anomalous Blue and very soon I noticed three ants on Sainfoin and when I looked closer I saw a beautiful caterpillar. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me so I had to get it first...when I returned one ant was still protecting the caterpillar. As no image of the caterpillar of this species was available on internet, nor in books, I contacted one of the researchers of this spe ..read more
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Second catch in Aosta
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2w ago
The first week Aosta has passed by very quickly and until now we counted 40 butterfly species. Summer temperatures needs to rise and summer species still needs to emerge; a few days ago I saw in a higher area some fresh Orange-tips flying. ​But, I will not complain as I have no ‘choice stress’ and we often visited the area of the Iolas Blue as I wanted some decent photos of this species. On Wednesday we also visited this area after breakfast but all butterflies in this area were already flying around. I noticed a male Iolas Blue and dropped my camera bag on the path when suddenly a black snake ..read more
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First catch in Aosta
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3w ago
Yesterday evening we arrived in Aosta and after we unpacked the car we immediately went out, looking for butterflies. The meadows are full with alpine flowers but the butterfly season has yet to start.  As we were tired after the long drive yesterday, I did not set my alarm clock this morning and after a cup of coffee we went out, not expecting much. Green-underside blue Almond Ringlet Two Green-underside Blues were roosting on Common Sainfoin and one of the Almond ringlets was sitting on a flower instead of low in the grass.  As there were not much other butterflies ..read more
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Back again
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2M ago
The last six months I was very quiet on the internet because my partner and I bought an old farm house and we had to move all our stuff. Since we moved in, a lot of jobs had to be done as it’s an old house with thick (not isolated) walls and single (not double) glass windows. We have a big garden which we want to change into a butterfly paradise and we want to grow our own vegetables. The first step we took is not mowing the grass/flowers anymore as I noticed that a lot of other plants like thistles are growing in-between. The second step was that we planted a lot of hedges and fruit trees. ​D ..read more
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Autumn is coming
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11M ago
Since Saturday I'm back in the Netherlands after two quiet weeks in France...on our way back home we crossed a busy village in the Netherlands where we had to wait long for some traffic lights and an open drawbridge. In a small meadow I saw a lot of butterflies, mostly white species but also some blue species and Small Coppers. On Sunday morning the alarm clock went off earlier and just before sunrise we entered a small heath area to search for small coppers. The flowering season was definitely over as the heather was brown.  We found about 15 roosting Small Coppers and exce ..read more
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The 12th day of tragedy
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11M ago
Today it's the 12th day that Greece is burning around Alexandroupolis....the area which we visited in Spring 2022 to find and photograph the False Apollo. It was one of the last European spots of this beautiful butterfly species.  Places which we visited are gone, national forest are gone, a lot of dead animals which were helpless in the flames....it's unbelievable how big this tragedy is. The animals who survived the flames will starve as there is nothing to eat anymore. ​This photo below is taken by satellite two days ago.... Credit: European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 imagery The t ..read more
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Eifel 2023
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11M ago
In February the Jordan brothers and I made plans to visit the Eifel this year during the first weekend of August. As the trip came closer the weather forecast became worse....it was going to be a wet weekend. We arrived Friday afternoon in sunshine and after we checked-in we visited one of our good old spots and noticed fluttering butterflies; what a relief after a bad butterfly season! On Saturday morning the alarm clock went off early and it was a good feeling to be out again and photographing roosting butterflies: Small Skipper Marbled White The weather was not bad at all an ..read more
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Beautiful Röhn part II
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1y ago
One of the reasons I wanted to visit the Röhn area was to catch* the Clouded Apollo before becoming extinct in this area. I only knew two higher locations but as the temperatures were low before our trip the chance to find them was low. I learned that there was a secret kept location on a lower part but I really didn't know where. The first days after arrival I visited the higher locations but there was no sings of a Clouded Apollo or any other butterflies. Long story short....after one week I found a good clue on the internet and finally I found the place with at least 10 flying Clouded Apoll ..read more
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Beautiful Röhn
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1y ago
For years the Röhn region in central Germany was on my wishing list for butterflies;  normally I visit the Eifel at this time of the year. Last year the amount of butterflies was disappointing low in the Eifel that I booked a hotel in the Röhn area for one week in May/June this year....I wanted more butterflies! The first morning we visited a nature reserve nearby but we couldn't find roosting butterflies, as it was the first day I had good hope that the situation would change.  During the week we visited a lot of nature areas in every corner of the Röhn but no meadows with flutteri ..read more
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Mission tomares ballus part III
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1y ago
Last Tuesday it was the last day with summer temperatures and again I noticed a fresh Provence Hairstreak around the accommodation. Near the house a lot of small marguerites are flowering and the Provence Hairstreak likes them a lot but when I approached her (it was a female) with my white umbrella she disappeared immediately. So I placed the umbrella above a part of the highest flowers and waited...and waited....and then she came. She granted me two photo's...as you can see her left frontleg is in the 'flying away position' and she is moving her hind wing...ready to take off again.  ..read more
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