Friday, 5 May 2017

Eastern Baton Blues and Grecian Copper larvae

Eastern Baton Blue, Pseudophilotes vicrama clara
On Day 4 of our Corfu trip (April 11) we moved from John & Lynne's wonderful villa at Arillas to very nice apartments at Dassia. On the way we visited Paleokastritsa and met up with Corfu naturalist Giannis Gasteratos. During the day we saw many butterflies including Oriental Marbled Skipper, Glanville Fritillary, Clouded Yellow, Wood White, Wall, Brown Argus Common Blue, Green-underside Blue, Green Hairstreak, Painted lady  and Grecian Copper larvae. Other wildlife: Balkan Green Lizard & Minstrel Shield Bug. Later we visited the Old Fort area of Corfu Town where I saw Blue-throated Keeled Lizards on the trees. After booking into our apartments I walked down a road to the sea, then found a woodland path back. This led me to a hillside with bee hives at the top, and wonderful flora on the chalky slope. I found some Eastern Baton Blues which was our first sighting of this butterfly. There were also Common Blues, a Painted Lady and Clouded Yellows. When it was dark I saw a White Ermine moth and a Muslin Moth by the light at entrance to the apartments.
John & Lynne's villa:











Paleokastritsa 




Asparagus Pea, Tetragonolo purpureus

Brown Argus, Aricia agestis

Brown Argus

Clouded Yellow ♀, Colias croceus

Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Glanville Fritillary, Melitaea cinxia

Large Pink Cistus, Cistus incanus

Mallow-leaved Bindweed, Convolvulus althaeoides

Oriental Marbled Skipper, Carcharodus orientalis

Rush Veneer, Nomophila noctuella

Wall ♂, Lasiommata megera

Whinchat, Saxicola rubetra

Wood White, Leptidea sinapis
Grecian Copper larva, Lycaena ottomana




olive grove


harshly pruned olive trees
Euphorbia species

Minstrel Shield Bug, Graphosoma lineatum italicum

unidentified moth

Pyramidal Orchid, Anacamptis pyramidalis
Common Blues mating

Green Hairstreak, Callophrys rubi

Green-underside Blue, Glaucopsyche alexis

Green-underside Blue

Green-underside Blue

Mediterranean Hartwort fruit, Tordylium apulum

Mediterranean Hartwort

Narrow-leaved Cistus, Cistus monspeliensis

Spittlebug, Cercopis sanguinolenta





 Old Fort area of Corfu Town:
taverna where we had lunch served by Celia

wall decoration in taverna







Judas Tree, Cercis siliquastrum

Judas Tree


Blue-throated Keeled lizard, Dalmatian algyroides



Barbary Nut, Moraea sisyrinchium

Wood White, Leptidea sinapis

Wood White
bee and fly on Field Scabius, Knautia arvensis


Common Blue, Polyommatus icarus

Eastern Baton Blue, Pseudophilotes vicrama clara

Eastern Baton Blue 





unidentified mo


Dor Beetle, Geotrupes stercorarius

Muslin Moth ♂, Diaphora mendica

Muslin Moth ♂

White Ermine, Spilosoma lubricipeda

White Ermine
unidentified larva

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