MOROCCO, April 2007, trip photos from an early season self-organised visit for three friends to the Atlas Mountains

Reservoir
to the west of Khenifra in the Middle Atlas, 15 April
Tomares mauretanicus
Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, Middle Atlas, 16 April
Callophrys rubi
Green Hairstreak, Ifrane, Middle Atlas, 16 April
Anthocharis belia belia
Moroccan Orange-tip, male, Ifrane, Middle Atlas, 16 Sept
Lycaena phlaeas
Small Copper, Ifrane, 16 April
Gonepteryx rhamni
Brimstone, female, Ifrane, 16 April
Gonepteryx rhamni
Brimstone, Ifrane, 16 April
Iris reticulata
type, common around Sefrou, 16 April
Adonis
Zaouia de Ifrane, 16 April
Pyrgus onopordi
Rosy Grizzled Skipper, Ifrane, 17 April
tbi
Ifrane hillside, 17 April
Callophrys rubi
Greeen Hairstreak, Ifrane, 17 April
Nectar source
home to at least 20 Brimstones yesterday, but quiet today, 17 April
Tomares mauretanicus
Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, 17 April
Tomares mauretanicus
Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, 17 April
Tomares mauretanicus
Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, 17 April
Tomares mauretanicus
Moroccan Hairstreaks, males, Ifrane, 17 April
tbi
Ifrane, 17 April
Nymphalis polychloros
Large Tortoiseshell, out from hibernation, Ifrane, 17 April
Dayet Aaoua
between Ifrane and Annoceur, 17 April
tbi
near Annoceur, Middle Atlas, 17 April
Callophrys avis
Chapman's Green Hairstreak, Takeltount, Annoceur, 17 April
Pontia daplidice
Bath White, near Annoceur, 17 April
tbi
Sefrou, 17 April
tbi
Sefrou, 17 April
El Menzel gorge
Middle Atlas, 17 April
Pont d'Imdahane
windy lunar landscape home to the Greenish Black-tip, 18 April
Euchloe charlonia
Greenish Black-tip, Pont d'Imdahane, 18 April
Euchloe charlonia
Greenish Black-tip, Pont d'Imdahane, 18 April
Euchloe charlonia
Greenish Black-tip, Pont d'Imdahane, 18 April
Crucifer species
larval host plant of Greenish Black-tip, 18 April
Dung beetles
working hard at Pont d'Imdahane, 18 April
Cicada
empty pupal case, Ouirgane, High Atlas,19 April
N'fiss valley
below Ouirgane, soon to become flooded into a vast reservoir, High Atlas, 19 April
Carcharodus tripolinus
False Mallow Skipper, Ouirgane, 19 April
Carcharodus tripolinus
False Mallow Skipper, Ouirgane, 19 April
Melitaea didyma
Spotted Fritillary, Ouirgane, 19 April
Aricia agestis cramera
Brown Argus, Ouirgane, 19 April
Lasiommata megera
Wall Brown, Ouirgane, 19 April
Coenonympha pamphilus f.lyllus
Small Heath, Ouirgane, 19 April
N'fiss valley
Ouirgane, 19 April
Anchusa species
a lovely mauve/pink Bugloss, Ouirgane, 19 April
Berber village
around Ouirgane, 19 April
Colotis evagore
Desert orange-tip larva on host plant, Capparis spinosa, Ouirgane, 19 April
Capparis spinosa
Caper growing out of the rock face, Ouirgane, 19 April
Capparis spinosa
flower, Ouirgane, 19 April
Tizi-n-Test summit
High Atlas watershed, 20 April
from Tizi-n-Test
view down the valley towards Ouirgane, 20 April
Tizi-n-Test
in the Province de Taroudannt looking south into the cloud-covered Sahara, 20 April
Below the clouds
heading down towards the desert, 20 April
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