Algarve Sightings

The Algarve is the southernmost part of Portugal and borders Spain to the East. I stayed on the very touristy coastal strip. In Alvor (where I stayed) there were a few areas of 'wasteland' which were nice for butterflies. Marsh fritillary, Euphydryas aurinia f. beckeri were common together with Scarce swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius, Spanish marbled white, Melanargia ines and Spanish festoon, Zerynthia rumina. Down on the coast at Alvor and close to Lagos a few additional species appeared including Mallow skipper Carcharodus alceae. The southern coast was too developed to give any natural habitat much of a chance.

Inland was the Serra de Monchique which was fairly natural moorland, albeit with a radio antenna built in the middle of it! Many Green hairstreak, Callophrys rubi and Marsh fritillary, Euphydryas aurinia were on the wing. The area has its own form of the Provence fritillary which I unfortunately didn't see. (Species list)

Spanish marbled white - Melanargia inesSpanish festoon - Zerynthia rumina (46K & 26K)

Scarce swallowtail - Iphiclides podalirius f. feisthamelii (46K) 

Alvor

Species: Scientific: First sighting: Last sighting:
Southern scarce swallowtail Iphiclides feisthamelii 12-Mar 12-Mar
Spanish festoon Zerynthia rumina 12-Mar 12-Mar
Dappled white Euchloe crameri 12-Mar 12-Mar
Green-striped white Euchloe belemia 12-Mar 12-Mar
Pale clouded yellow Colias hyale 20-Mar 20-Mar
Clouded yellow Colias crocea 13-Mar 13-Mar
African grass blue Zizeeria knysna 20-Mar 20-Mar
Marsh fritillary Eurodryas aurinia 20-Mar 20-Mar
Spanish marbled white Melanargia ines 12-Mar 12-Mar
Spanish gatekeeper Pyronia bathseba 20-Mar 20-Mar
Wall Lasiommata megera 20-Mar 20-Mar
Red underwing skipper Spialia sertorius 12-Mar 12-Mar

Lagos

Species: Scientific: First sighting: Last sighting:
Small white Artogeia rapae 18-Mar 18-Mar
Green-striped white Euchloe belemia 16-Mar 16-Mar
Common blue Polyommatus icarus 18-Mar 18-Mar
Marsh fritillary Eurodryas aurinia 16-Mar 16-Mar
Spanish marbled white Melanargia ines 16-Mar 16-Mar
Wall Lasiommata megera 18-Mar 18-Mar
Mallow skipper Carcharodus alcae 16-Mar 16-Mar

Monchique

Species: Scientific: First sighting: Last sighting:
Spanish festoon Zerynthia rumina 17-Mar 17-Mar
Dappled white Euchloe crameri 17-Mar 17-Mar
Green hairstreak Callophrys rubi 17-Mar 17-Mar
Marsh fritillary Eurodryas aurinia 17-Mar 17-Mar

Praia de Rocha

Species: Scientific: First sighting: Last sighting:
Swallowtail Papilio machaon 15-Mar 15-Mar
Southern scarce swallowtail Iphiclides feisthamelii 15-Mar 15-Mar
Green-striped white Euchloe belemia 15-Mar 15-Mar
Spanish marbled white Melanargia ines 15-Mar 15-Mar

 

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