A Tale of Two Ends. April 2016
Written by Jos   

Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell


An excellent start to April, an excellent end to April, but three weeks of cold nothiness in between! With warm sunny days gracing the beginning and end of the month, the superb selection of butterflies in the first days included a Camberwell Beauty and multiple Yellow-legged Tortoiseshells, while the month's end saw a magnificent eleven species, including Large Tortoiseshell and flights of Holly Blues, Map Butterflies et al.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 May 2016 )
Baltic Butterfly Challenge, 2016
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Woodland Brown




Deciding myself to the Lepitoptera of the Baltic States in 2016, it was a very productive year,  particularly Lithuania. Active throughout the butterfly season (March-October), I was fortunate indeed to encounter 109 species in total, this including 104 for Lithuania alone.





Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 April 2017 )
Azores, Lands of Priolo
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Azores Bullfinch


This short trip to the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores was very much aimed at seeking out one of Europe's rarest breeding species, namely the Azores Bullfinch, Priolo in Portuguese. With a world population barely exceeding 150 pairs, all restricted to the fragmented laurel forests on the slopes of mountains at the eastern end of Sao Miguel, the bird is not only the island's only endemic bird species, but the least common of the meagre 13 species of passerines that breed on Sao Miguel.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 March 2016 )
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