Post by wollastoni on Aug 20, 2017 17:52:34 GMT
Two days ago, I was back in Italy and wanted to see some butterflies before the end of the season. I decided to go to the Monti di Breglia but I got lost... and went to Monte Crocione instead.
It was a great back-up at the end, I saw more than 1.000 butterflies and one day, including some species I never met before. Our European butterflies may be endangered near our cities or in our plains, they are still plentiful in the mountains where the habitat is still pristine and no pesticides around !
Here is a small summary of what I've met to give you an idea.
THE PLACE :
Monte Crocione is a 1614m high mountain above the famous Como Lake. The top is made of alpages above some woods until 1000m
This is the view from the top (not my picture) :
Many wood species have been seen + some classic Italian ones
Argynnis paphia was very common in the woods, a very large species
including some form valesina females, I saw at least 4 of them, so common there
Melitaea didyma, splendid !
Not sure about the ID of this Melitaea :
same sp verso :
Must have been other orange Nymphalidae I have missed.
Satyridae were plentiful, both wood and alpine species.
A new species for me Mynois dryas, huge with 2 pairs of beautiful blue ocella :
The big Brintesia circe :
And the close-looking Hipparchia fagi :
Lassiomata megera :
Lassiomata maera :
Maniolia jurtina :
Erebia were plentiful :
But I saw only 2 species I think :
Erebia sp1 :
Erebia sp2 :IMG_0310 by opequin, sur Flickr
An old Melanargia galathea :
I saw also Pararge aegeria and Coenonympha pamphilus. A LOT of Satyrs there !
Polyommatus bellargus in the meadows
Polyommatus coridon in the summit :
Aricia agestis :
Celastrina argiolus in the wood :
no "Theclas" seen.
Colias crocea female form helice :
I saw also Pieris rapae and Leptidea sinapis
I will let you ID them as I have no book with me today.
Sp 1 :
Sp 2 :
I saw few Iphiclides podalirius.
I saw that nice moth species, if anyone can ID it too :
That's all for the Lepidoptera, it gives you a good idea of my discovery of Monte Crocione butterflies.
I will do another post with the other insect families I've met, plenty of nice other bugs !
I hope you liked this report of my nice walk in Monte Crocione. 4 hours of tiring trekking but it was worth it !