A photo journal of my interests from one extreme to the other.
May 10th-17th 2019
My holiday on the Greek island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea was not to be an all out assault on seeing as many species of butterfly as I could in a week. It was a chance to relax and enjoy our first proper vacation for many years. That said I was allowed to photograph those that came our way 😁. Unlike back home in the UK where I would travel to sites to see certain species out here it was fun to see what turned up.
One thing that I had to adjust to was that I was seeing butterflies over a month earlier than I would in Britain. Even though Corfu had had a slightly wet and cool spring, to my eyes things were way ahead. We had mostly very warm sunshine, just one and half days lost to heavy rain.
At first the species I saw were familiar to me from the UK. These were the Large and Small Whites, Meadow Brown, Holly Blue, Small and Large Skippers. Then I started to see those that I had wished for. The nicest surprise was a beautiful female Southern White Admiral laying eggs on the honeysuckle screen by our pool. Walking in the olive grove between our terrace and the sea 50yds away and I saw my first Glanville Fritillary. In Britain this butterfly can only be found on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. More Glanvilles turned up on our walks up the mountain and in flatter areas. Then there was the almost red in colour of the Spotted Fritillary, the large, bright orange Grecian Copper but a highlight was my first encounter with the huge Scarce Swallowtail as it floated around the mountain track.
Butterflies were seen almost everywhere and at the end of the week I had logged thirty species. Not a bad total considering I was not even trying!