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.

This Long-tailed Blue, Lampides boeticus, kindly posed for me on a Lantana plant.

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!


  1. Dear Nick Morgan,

    I'm working on a data base of the butterflies of Algarve...and you have a lot of interesting records, such as Issoria lathonia in October. Can you provide me more informations on this records and the species that you've recorded in the Algarve.

    You can contact me at

    Best regards,

    Nelson Fonseca

  2. Nelson,
    I will e-mail you some more details, although I am not sure that I have much more to add. My intention with this blog was to help people who are curious about what butterflies they may see in a particular area. I am glad that you found it and that I may be able to help.