Sunday, 10 July 2016

Butterflies of the Shipka Area


Lesser Fiery Copper Lycaena thersamon

Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages and Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus

Ochlodes sylvanus- the Eastern European equivalent of Large Skipper

Brown Argus Plebeius agestis - One of the commonest butterflies in Bulgaria

Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia

High Brown Fritillary Argynnis adippe (More like Queen of Spain Fritillary)-

Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius

Common Glider Neptis sappho

Nine-spotted Moth Amata phegea- A common day flying moth in the mountains 

Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas

Essex Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris

Large Heath Coenonympha arcania

Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni

Scarce Copper Lycaena virgaureae

Meadow Browns Maniola jurtina -

Small White Pieris rapae- The Southern Small White is also a possibility in Bulgaria. In that species the black apical patch extends to v3 and v4 and the upf black pd spot is concave on the outer margin,

White-letter Hairstreak Satyrium w-album- The Ilex Hairstreak is also common in Bulgaria. The distinctive 'W' shape on the hind wing white line points towards White-letter Hairstreak.

Large Copper Lycaena dispar

Map Butterfly Araschnia levana 

Common Blue Plebeius icarus

Male Eastern Festoon Zerynthia cerisy 

Female Eastern Festoon Zerynthia cerisy 

Marbled White Melanargia galathea 


Linda said...

Beautiful series, and your header is stunning!

Peter Alfrey said...