Marseilles South of France 2017

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Re: Marseilles South of France 2017

Postby Padfield » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:26 pm

Hi Chris. That osiris looks like semiargus to me. Does that makes sense in the context?

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Re: Marseilles South of France 2017

Postby Chris Jackson » Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:20 pm

Padfield wrote:Hi Chris. That osiris looks like semiargus to me. Does that makes sense in the context?

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Thank you Guy,
You are right, that is Mazarine Blue.
Retrospectively it was hanging around clover and not sainfoin !!!
I did notice that at the time but chose to ignore it - lessons to be learnt hey ?.
semiargus1 male Hostellerie St Baume 05Jun17 (20).JPG

semiargus1 male Hostellerie St Baume 05Jun17 (3).JPG

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Re: Marseilles South of France 2017

Postby Chris Jackson » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:42 pm

Hi Folks,
Here are a few images from the last few days in the South of France:
Montpezat in the area of the Gorges du Verdon, in the Var.
Field of lavender looking over towards the Alps:
lavande Montpezat 10Jun17 (1a).JPG

The only BF species I saw on the lavender was G. cleopatra - most peculiar, I was expecting a much larger variety of butterflies.

In a different environment - Purple Hairstreak:
quercus2 male Vernègues_13 16Jun17 (20a).JPG


In the scrub - a pair of M. jurtina:
jurtina pair Vernègues_13 16Jun17 (2a).JPG


In French this is called a "cigale". There must be different species as this one was really as big as it looks. Normally they are much smaller than this.
cigale1_13 Aurons 16Jun17 (7a).JPG


This is a caterpillar of S. proto - Sage Skipper on Phlomis herba-venti.
proto caterpillar Vernègues_13 16Jun17 (10a).JPG

It was not I who woke it from its rest. I was just a witness to some rough-neck who had preceeded me :shock: .

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Re: Marseilles South of France 2017

Postby David M » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:51 pm

That pristine Purple Hairstreak looks like it's freshly emerged, Chris.

Shame about the lavender field. I guess with a bit of altitude there'd have been quite a variety of species imbibing?


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