Photo album 2019    
         
   
 
   
 
     
         
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<< a male of Osiris Blue (Cupido osiris) alt.565m. This species normally emerges in May but the 2019 warm end of winter triggered some early chrysalis hatchings. This male was the only specimen of its species seen on this spot - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
    << male of Brimestone (Gonepteryx rhamni) alt.565m - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
    << male of large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera). This species normally emerges in June but this year, the exceptional warm temperatures of February and March triggered some early emergences - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
    << female of large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera). There are very few blossom plants at this time of the year and usually spurges (Euphorbia sp) are not very attractive nectar plants - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
    << a Swallowtail (Papilio machaon) alt.565m. What an exceptional sighting in March ! - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
   

<< a male of Mountain Small White (Pieris ergane). This is the first brood of this species, which also emerged earlier than usual - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
   

<< two views of the same female of Mountain Small White (Pieris ergane) feeding on Rhamnus sp on the top picture - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
   
<< two other scenes involving the same female as above, laying an egg on the very specific hostplant, Aethionema saxatilis and close-up of an egg - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
    << male of Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria) - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
   
<< caterpillars of Euphydryas beckeri. This species is now considered as a distinct species which originated from the Euphydryas aurinia complex. A the end of the winter, the larvae feed on honeysuckle (Lonicera sp.) - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
    << a Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       
    << a Nettle Tree Butterfly (Libythea celtis) - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 10/03/2019
       
       










 










 
 
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