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Bonus Month. October 2018.
Written by Jos   

Unprecedented numbers of butterflies flying late into autumn, no less than 12 species in the first half of the month, including unexpected species such as Wall Brown and late-flying Sooty Coppers and Common Blues. Even in the thrid week of the month, despite cooler conditions, still a half dozen species flying, very unusual for Lithuania!

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 October 2018 )
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Prolonged Summer. September 2018.
Written by Jos   

European Mantis

 

 

 

And so a glorious summer continues - top weather and abundant butterflies right through to mid-month and beyond. More typical of mid-summer, Large Copper, Little Blue, Wall Brown and Large Skipper all on the wing, plus a good range of others, including four species of fritillary, massive numbers of Pale Clouded Yellows, a Chalkhill Blue and a Brown Hairstreak, the latter my 108th species of the year in Lithuania. In all, a grand total of 31 species noted during the first two weeks of the month, my best ever September total.

 

Also worthy of special mention, one superb European Mantis, a species only known in Lithuania in the last decade.

Last Updated ( Friday, 19 October 2018 )
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A Tale of Two Mountains, 14 June - 18 June 2018.
Written by Jos   

 

Grass Jewel

 

 

Concentrating on two mountains in southern Greece, namely Mount Parnassus and Mount Chelmos, this short trip focussed on a range of the endemics and semi-endemics, the primary targets being Grass Jewel and assorted other species of blue. Over and above that, the basic idea was to just enjoy the clouds of butterflies that grace these areas in early summer.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 July 2018 )
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