|The beautiful Sierra de Grazalema slopes down to a little town called El Bosque, popular with Hangliders, but nice for butterflies also. The Speckled wood, Pararge aegeria is a novelty for northern lepidopterists, with its orange colouration it can be quite confusing. Green hairstreak, Callophrys rubi was common here also. (Species list)|
|Species:||Scientific:||First sighting:||Last sighting:|
|Spanish festoon||Zerynthia rumina||07-Apr||07-Apr|
|Large white||Pieris brassicae||07-Apr||07-Apr|
|Dappled white||Euchloe crameri||08-Apr||08-Apr|
|Orange tip||Anthocharis cardamines||07-Apr||07-Apr|
|Moroccan orange tip||Anthocharis belia||07-Apr||07-Apr|
|Clouded yellow||Colias crocea||07-Apr||07-Apr|
|Wood white||Leptidea sinapis||07-Apr||07-Apr|
|Green hairstreak||Callophrys rubi||07-Apr||07-Apr|
|Holly blue||Celastrina argiolus||07-Apr||07-Apr|
|Red admiral||Vanessa atalanta||07-Apr||07-Apr|
|Painted lady||Vanessa cardui||08-Apr||08-Apr|
|Small heath||Coenonympha pamphilus||08-Apr||08-Apr|
|Speckled wood||Pararge aegeria||08-Apr||08-Apr|
From 'Wild Spain'
The butterflies (75 species) are also of interest, with the 1,103m Puerto del Boyar (on the A-372) a prime locality. Notable records for the park include mallow, southern marbled, sage and safflower skippers, both swallowtails, Spanish festoon, black-veined white, large tortoiseshell (often on the wing from February onwards), cardinal, many fritillaries - Niobe, Queen of Spain, Provençal, knapweed, Aetherie, Spanish and marsh - two-tailed pasha, dusky heath, dusky meadow brown, Spanish and southern gatekeepers, rock, tree and striped graylings, nettle-tree butterfly, Spanish purple, blue-spot and Provence hairstreaks, purple-shot copper (subspecies boyarensis), long-tailed, African grass, Osiris, Lorquin’s, green-underside, Iolas, Panoptes, false Baton and Spanish chalk-hill blues.Sierra de las Nieves: (parque natural; 20,172ha and Biosphere Reserve; 93,930ha) karst landscape (maximum Torrecilla; 1,919m) to the east of Ronda with extensive Spanish fir forests on higher north-facing slopes and abundant Spanish Lorquin’s and green-underside blues, Spanish fritillary and western marbled white among the butterflies.
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