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

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Pieris cheiranthi
Pieris cheiranthi

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

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Pieris cheiranthi
Pieris cheiranthi

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

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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

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Barranco del Jurado
Barranco del Jurado

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

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Pieris rapae
Pieris rapae

Small White, Barranco del Jurado, 8 February

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Pieris rapae
Pieris rapae

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

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Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper, Barranco del Jurado, 8 February

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Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper, Las Tricias, 6 February

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Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

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

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Cacyreus marshalli
Cacyreus marshalli

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

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Cacyreus marshalli
Cacyreus marshalli

Geranium Bronze, as in the previous photo

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Punta Garda
Punta Garda

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

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Cyclirius webbianus
Cyclirius webbianus

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

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Cyclyrius webbianus
Cyclyrius webbianus

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

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Cyclyrius webbianus
Cyclyrius webbianus

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

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Cyclyrius webbianus
Cyclyrius webbianus

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

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Cyclyrius webbianus
Cyclyrius webbianus

Canary Blue, Barranco de las Angustias, 3 February

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Zizeeria knysna
Zizeeria knysna

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

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Aricia cramera
Aricia cramera

Southern Brown Argus, Las Tricias, 6 February

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Los Tilos
Los Tilos

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

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Danaus plexippus
Danaus plexippus

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

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Danaus plexippus
Danaus plexippus

Monarch, as in the previous photo

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Vanessa vulcania
Vanessa vulcania

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

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Vanessa vulcania
Vanessa vulcania

Indian Red Admiral, Mirador de la Cumbre, 2 February

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Vanessa vulcania
Vanessa vulcania

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

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Vanessa vulcania
Vanessa vulcania

Indian Red Admiral, Mirador de la Cumbre, 2 February

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Vanessa cardui
Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady, Las Tricias, 6 February

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Roque de los Muchachos
Roque de los Muchachos

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

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Pararge xiphioides
Pararge xiphioides

Canary Speckled Wood, Mirador de las Barandas, 5 February

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Pararge xiphioides
Pararge xiphioides

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

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Pararge xiphioides
Pararge xiphioides

Canary Speckled Wood, Las Tricias, 6 February

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