Butterflies of Bérchules

We set out after breakfast, walking up high around the town, to explore some of the beautiful historic areas. This first butterfly was resting in a niche of a building, right at eye level … the most conveniently located butterfly of the day!

When we had thunderstorms in Granada Bérchules also had heavy rain, so all the streams are running down the mountainsides, often making wet and muddy places in the walking tracks where they are overflowing their usual channels. I soon came across a wet place that butterflies found useful as a water source.

Perched on a rock, I waited while they came and went!

Then further down the track, close to where the irrigation canals built by the Moors hundreds of years ago still flow, I found another cache of insects. I sat on the track and watched them.

This bright two-tone yellow was unusual, in that I only saw one or two, so I was thrilled to take a decent photo of it!

This bright orange patterned butterfly was fairly common, so I had more chance of capturing it, and more photos to choose from.

I only saw one of these pale moths, although it is very like the pair below, who were definitely about to get down to some serious reproductive business.

This orange one has a beautiful purple pattern on the edge of its wings …

and here is a miss, out of focus, but still a pretty blue …. I still have one more day here so I might see it again tomorr

There were a lot of whites, but they rarely sat down, so this was a treat!

The last one is orange and brown, quite small, but bright … a lovely example of the diverse beauty in local butterflies!


22 thoughts on “Butterflies of Bérchules

  1. Great selection of Flutterbies and Meuths Christine 😉 Top one is a Garden Tiger moth. Don’t recognise the three butterflies below that. Then you have an Orange Tip – though th UK variant tends have white rather than yellow as the base colour. Don’t recognise that lovely patterned orange one below though it could be a Fritillary of some sort. Don’t recognise your small moths. Your next orange butterfly is a Small Tortoiseshell. Your fuzzy one could be a Common Blue? Then you have a ‘Cabbage’ White and finally a Small Copper. Hope this helps

    • exactly! a wonderful wild place, with thousands of years of history … I think of that when I see the birds and butterflies … how many generations have lived here in this land?

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