LA PALMA, Canary Islands in February 2013, an early season trip based in Los Llanos with three friends in search (mainly) of Pieris cheiranthi, the Canary Islands' Large White 

LA PALMA, CANARIES, February 2013 with David Dennis and Neil Thompson accompanied throughout by Teresa Farino

Pieris cheiranthi
Pieris cheiranthi

Canary Islands' Large White, female, photos achieved on the last day in the Barranco del Jurado to the south of Tijarafe, 8 February

Pieris cheiranthi
Pieris cheiranthi

Canary Islands' Large White at the same site, same day

Pieris cheiranthi
Pieris cheiranthi

as for the first photo, superbly camouflaged against the yellowing leaves of a giant spurge

Pieris cheiranthi
Pieris cheiranthi

Canary Islands' Large White, male, at the same site on 8 February, hard to spot against the reflective leaves of Rumex lunaria

Barranco del Jurado
Barranco del Jurado

a good site for the Canary Island's Large White, 8 February

Pieris rapae
Pieris rapae

Small White, Barranco del Jurado, 8 February

Pieris rapae
Pieris rapae

Small White, Ermita de la Virgen del Pino, 2 February

Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper, Barranco del Jurado, 8 February

Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper, Las Tricias, 6 February

Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper, Ermita de la Virgen del Pino, 2 February

Cacyreus marshalli
Cacyreus marshalli

Geranium Bronze, the first officially confirmed sighting of this species on La Palma in the Barranco del Carmen, 7 February

Cacyreus marshalli
Cacyreus marshalli

Geranium Bronze, as in the previous photo

Punta Garda
Punta Garda

the Canary Blue, Cyclirius webbianus, was found here on 6 February

Cyclirius webbianus
Cyclirius webbianus

Canary Blue, female, hillside through Las Indias, 4 February

Cyclyrius webbianus
Cyclyrius webbianus

Canary Blue, female, Ermita de la Virgen del Pino, 2 February

Cyclyrius webbianus
Cyclyrius webbianus

Canary Blue, male, Puerto de Punta Garda, 6 February

Cyclyrius webbianus
Cyclyrius webbianus

Canary Blue, male, also at the Puerto de Punta Garda site

Cyclyrius webbianus
Cyclyrius webbianus

Canary Blue, Barranco de las Angustias, 3 February

Zizeeria knysna
Zizeeria knysna

African Grass Blue, roosting at 6pm in the Barranco de las Angustias, on 3 February

Aricia cramera
Aricia cramera

Southern Brown Argus, Las Tricias, 6 February

Los Tilos
Los Tilos

where we saw the La Palma Cleopatra subspecies 'palmae' in flight on 5 February

Danaus plexippus
Danaus plexippus

Monarch nectaring on echium, Barranco de las Angustias, 3 February

Danaus plexippus
Danaus plexippus

Monarch, as in the previous photo

Vanessa vulcania
Vanessa vulcania

Indian Red Admiral, nectaring on tree heather, Mirador de la Cumbre, 2 February

Vanessa vulcania
Vanessa vulcania

Indian Red Admiral, Mirador de la Cumbre, 2 February

Vanessa vulcania
Vanessa vulcania

Indian Red Admiral, Ermita de la Virgen del Pino, 2 February

Vanessa vulcania
Vanessa vulcania

Indian Red Admiral, Mirador de la Cumbre, 2 February

Vanessa cardui
Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady, Las Tricias, 6 February

Roque de los Muchachos
Roque de los Muchachos

edging the Caldera de Taburiente, impressive volcanic landscape (but few butterflies!), 7 February

Pararge xiphioides
Pararge xiphioides

Canary Speckled Wood, Mirador de las Barandas, 5 February

Pararge xiphioides
Pararge xiphioides

Canary Speckled Wood resting on prickly pear in the Barranco del Carmen, 7 February

Pararge xiphioides
Pararge xiphioides

Canary Speckled Wood, Las Tricias, 6 February