Unfortunately, our third week in the Aosta - Gran Paradiso region went by too fast; tomorrow we will move to another place/valley. It was a week of high temperatures and very active butterflies. Fortunately we had some rain two days ago and slowly the meadows are transforming from brown into green again.
From a Social Media friend, which I met last week in this region, I received a spot in this valley of the Meleager's Blue. I visited this spot a few times with the hope to find a roosting female but I 'only' found males:
Because of the high temperatures they were active and creating some shadow over them was too much asked; only one male was a bit cooperative and I was able to catch him with open wings:
But, this valley was good for a complete new butterfly species which I had never seen/photograph before. At first, I even did not recognize that this was NOT the common apollo....I tried to make a landscape photo with an apollo on a flower. Only after I came closer I noticed the two red spots on the fore wing and realized that this was NOT the common but the Small Apollo:
Until now I counted 94 different butterfly species.....with one valley left I hope to 'hit' the 100 species!
Jibt dir dit Leben mal een Buff, denn weene keene Träne. Lach Dir'n Ast und setz Dir druff und baumle mit de Beene.