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A lacy butterfly

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.

[photo: ukbutterflies.co.uk]

Or it may be a Geranium Bronze [below], accidentally introduced to Spain from its native South Africa through the importation of pelargoniums.

[photo rawbirds.com]

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

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A Clouded Yellow butterfly

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. Clouded Yellow - male butterfly 14-4-15I 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