The earlier pictures were taken on my wee compact Canon ixus 970IS, which involved sneaking up on the butterflies. This can be very frustrating when they fly off, but very rewarding when they don't!
Since 2012 I have been using a Panasonic Lumix FZ150, which allows me to zoom in to the butterflies from a couple of metres away.
Friday, 2 March 2012
Portugal - Butterflies - October 2008
Prior to going to Portugal in March, we had always taken our holidays in Scotland or Ireland while the kids were young. However, we had such a good time in the Algarve that we returned for two weeks in October 2008.
These little Geranium Bronzes, Cacyreus marshalli, are found along much of the Mediterranean Coast, having been introduced here on geraniums imported from South Africa.
This is a very faded Southern Brown Argus, Aricia cramera. These are now classified as a separate species from the Brown Argus.
This is a Large White, Pieris brassicae.
And this is a Small White, Pieris rapae, which was in the abandoned orange grove next door to the villa.
The other butterflies I saw during this holiday were:
Clouded Yellow - Colias crocea
Swallowtail - Papilio machaon
Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta
Monarch - Danaus plexippus
Queen of Spain Fritillary - Issoria lathonia
Speckled Wood - Pararge aegeria
Eleven different species for this holiday!