A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Butterfly Valley

December 20, 2014

I looked at the temperature gauge this morning before setting off and it registered 12c. So a long sleeved shirt, thick jumper and a fleece seemed appropriate. By the time I'd reached the harbour it must have been in the high teens.

In this little valley, just around corner from the harbour, that can be walked from one end to the other in ten minutes it was windless, sunny and the south facing side must have been basking in 20c +.

 

 

 

A few butterflies were warming themselves on the limestone rocks such as this red admiral.

A beautiful deep yellow butterfly with an orange splash on its wings traveled up the valley without stopping. Difficult to make a positive identification but I'd hazard a  guess at a cleopatra, Gonepteryx cleopatra!

 

 

 

 

Elsewhere this southern gatekeeper was feeding on a tuberous hawkbit in a cultivated terrace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this place every tree had an attendant black redstart, or so it seemed. The females were easy to catch on film but the brightly coloured males proved elusive. I did see one with its black bib and bright red tail flashing in the sun as it crossed an old terrace.

If every tree had a black redstart then every bush had a sardinian warbler.  They were constantly sounding out an alarm call, chick, chick, chick. On one occasion a bird let out a song. Spring is here!

Well, at least the robin was singing its winter song; a short burst warning others of its claim on its territory.

 

A curious one this, and at the moment I can't identify it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally this chap is the only time I've seen a scorpian on Symi. Mind you I don't go looking for them although I've been told they are here. (Must look in my slippers tonight!)

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