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A trip to Penon de la Mata

We had a recent trip to Penon de la Mata in the Sierra de Huetor north of Granada. From here you get spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada. So while a group of friends went off scrambling, I went off with another friend to see how much Spring had sprung and if I could locate my bogey bird the Ring Ouzel.

The Crocus nevadensis can grow above 2000m. It was once thought to be endemic to the Sierra Nevada, but it also grows in the Sierra de Huetor.

I nearly trod on this caterpillar. If you know what it … Read the rest

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Found this butterfly whilst out with clients of Spanish Highs walking in the Poqueira Gorge on Sunday, turns out its either a Silver Studded Blue or an Idas Blue!! Only one way to tell the difference and that is by a looking at its ankle with a magnifying glass, hmmmm. The Idas Blue has a limited distribution in Southern Spain but is found in the Sierra Nevada. I use a site called Iberian Nature Forum to help me identify things here in Spain, there are lots of very knowledgeable people on there.

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“Parnassius Apollo” – To you and me a butterfly

Whilst going up Mulhacen the other day I saw this little fellow crawling by, so took a picture of him and when I got back I posted the picture on a web forum I use to help identify all things nature to Spain.

Turns out its a rare butterfly and very much protected (glad I didnt tread on it) and is endemic to the Sierra Nevada. It is a Parnassius Apollo and turns into this beautiful butterfly.

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