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


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 

2 comments:

Linda said...

Beautiful series, and your header is stunning!

Peter Alfrey said...

Cheers!