apktorry at csm.ex.ac.uk
Mon Jun 7 06:48:00 EDT 1999
After a very enjoyable trip I have returned to a rain-sodden Cornwall.
I think Cornwall gets all of Portugal's rainfall - Sheesh I thought Spain
Anyway here a few observations made by a MAD DOG/ENGLISHMAN out in the
NONE - WHY?
Southern GateKeeper - Common everywhere, with males
outnumbering the females by at least 10:1
Spanish GateKeeper - Not as common as above but M:F - 10:1
Speckled Wood - Common. Females particularly brightly coloured.
Large Wall - 1 large and bright female.
Wall - Common everywhere.
Meadow Brown (M jurtina) - Not as common as I would have expected.
Small Heath (C pamphilus) - Common. Larger and brighter than in the UK.
One specimen had a set of metallic scales on the underside f/w
just below the apical ocelli.
Blue Spot Hairstreak (S spini)- Abundant on the 'Rocha da Pena' nature
Brown Argus (A agestis) - Common and sometimes unusually large.
Common Blue (P icarus) - Common but very small specimens. (Sometimes
smaller than above)
Small Copper(L phlaeas) - Very darkly suffused forewing - One specimen has
virtually no 'copper' at all on the forewing.
Cacyreus marshallii - The dreaded 'Geranium Bronze'. Yep you guessed
it the things were everywhere, I counted at least 10
at one time on the geranium rich flower bed
just outside the apartment.
Swallowtail (P machaon) - Infrequent but they turned up now and again.
Scarce Swallowtail - 2 on the 'Serra de Monchique - Mt. FOIAI' 976m ASL.
Moroccan Orange Tip - As above.
Green Striped White - Infrequent. 2 confirmed sightings over the
Maybe too late in the season.
Bath White (P daplidice) - Infrequent. 2 confirmed. (As above)
Small White - Everwhere.
Mallow Skipper (C althae) - Common but maybe 'False Mallow Skipper' since
some specimens are smaller than others.
Rosy Grizzled Skipper - Local.
Lulworth Skipper (T acteaon) - Everywhere but never in large numbers.
About 1/3rd of them were f. olivacea
Four Spotted Moth - Infrequent. Nice to obtain a couple of examples.
Pale Shoulder - Common very hard to seperate from the above in
Crimson Speckled Moth - WOW! What a beautiful creature.
Dark bordered Straw - Disturbed from dense grass.
Black Mountain Moth ???? - Serra de Monchique - Mt. FOIAI 976m ASL
Will publish a piccy of this one on my website for
all you fellow leps to identify for me.
Red Mountain Moth?????? - Rocha da Pena (Limestone Plateau).
Will publish a piccy for you to identify as above.
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