This delicate butterfly was tiny, half the size of my toenail, and beautifully patterned like hand-sewn lace. White and brown, not startling shots of red or orange as some cream butterflies have.
I am unsure what type of butterfly it is, but based on its distinctive ruffled shape and colouring, and using my basic butterfly books, I have identified two options:-
Oberthur’s Grizzled Skipper [below], the underside of the male is similar to my pale specimen. This butterfly is attracted to thyme, and this herb grows everywhere around us.
Or it may be a Geranium Bronze
[below], accidentally introduced to Spain from its native South Africa through the importation of pelargoniums
Or it may be something completely different. If you know what it is, please let me know.
5 to remember
mi uña de los pies – my toenail
la parte inferior – the underside
entrecano – grizzled
bronce – bronze
si sabes lo que es – if you know what it is
Our favourite butterfly guide?
‘Collins Butterfly Guide’ [UK: Collins]
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I followed this butterfly, carefully at a distance, until finally he settled long enough for me to get this photograph. It was a sunny April morning and I was walking along the Thyme Track. Wildflowers were everywhere I looked. I am pretty confident it is a male Clouded Yellow butterfly. The male and female markings are very similar, but the male’s yellow marking with the black spot is stronger-coloured than the female’s. They fly from March to November in the Southern Mediterranean. His colouring, seen on the page of a book, looks very bright and you’d think he’d be obvious to spot. But if I hadn’t seen where he landed I would have lost him: the colouring and shape made him look like new spring foliage.
Click here for more about the Clouded Yellow at UK Butterflies.
5 to remember
a una distancia – at a distance
lo suficientemente largo – long enough
una mariposa – a butterfly
las marcas – the markings
obvio/a – obvious
Adonis Blue butterfly. 28th April, 2011