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

MOROCCO, April 2007, an early season trip into the Atlas mountains with Ian Thompson and 'Ant' Harding

Reservoir
Reservoir

to the west of Khenifra in the Middle Atlas, 15 April

Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, Middle Atlas, 16 April

Callophrys rubi
Callophrys rubi

Green Hairstreak, Ifrane, Middle Atlas, 16 April

Anthocharis belia belia
Anthocharis belia belia

Moroccan Orange-tip, male, Ifrane, Middle Atlas, 16 Apri

Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper, Ifrane, 16 April

Gonepteryx rhamni
Gonepteryx rhamni

Brimstone, female, Ifrane, 16 April

Gonepteryx rhamni
Gonepteryx rhamni

Brimstone, Ifrane, 16 April

Iris reticulata
Iris reticulata

type, common around Sefrou, 16 April

Adonis
Adonis

Zaouia de Ifrane, 16 April

Pyrgus onopordi
Pyrgus onopordi

Rosy Grizzled Skipper, Ifrane, 17 April

tbi
tbi

Ifrane hillside, 17 April

Callophrys rubi
Callophrys rubi

Greeen Hairstreak, Ifrane, 17 April

Nectar source
Nectar source

home to at least 20 Brimstones yesterday, but quiet today, 17 April

Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, 17 April

Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, 17 April

Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, 17 April

Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

Moroccan Hairstreaks, males, Ifrane, 17 April

tbi
tbi

Ifrane, 17 April

Nymphalis polychloros
Nymphalis polychloros

Large Tortoiseshell, out from hibernation, Ifrane, 17 April

Dayet Aaoua
Dayet Aaoua

between Ifrane and Annoceur, 17 April

tbi
tbi

near Annoceur, Middle Atlas, 17 April

Callophrys avis
Callophrys avis

Chapman's Green Hairstreak, Takeltount, Annoceur, 17 April

Pontia daplidice
Pontia daplidice

Bath White, near Annoceur, 17 April

tbi
tbi

Sefrou, 17 April

tbi
tbi

Sefrou, 17 April

El Menzel gorge
El Menzel gorge

Middle Atlas, 17 April

Pont d'Imdahane
Pont d'Imdahane

windy lunar landscape home to the Greenish Black-tip, 18 April

Euchloe charlonia
Euchloe charlonia

Greenish Black-tip, Pont d'Imdahane, 18 April

Euchloe charlonia
Euchloe charlonia

Greenish Black-tip, Pont d'Imdahane, 18 April

Euchloe charlonia
Euchloe charlonia

Greenish Black-tip, Pont d'Imdahane, 18 April

Crucifer species
Crucifer species

larval host plant of Greenish Black-tip, 18 April

Dung beetles
Dung beetles

working hard at Pont d'Imdahane, 18 April

Cicada
Cicada

empty pupal case, Ouirgane, High Atlas,19 April

N'fiss valley
N'fiss valley

below Ouirgane, soon to become flooded into a vast reservoir, High Atlas, 19 April

Carcharodus tripolinus
Carcharodus tripolinus

False Mallow Skipper, Ouirgane, 19 April

Carcharodus tripolinus
Carcharodus tripolinus

False Mallow Skipper, Ouirgane, 19 April

Melitaea didyma
Melitaea didyma

Spotted Fritillary, Ouirgane, 19 April

Aricia agestis cramera
Aricia agestis cramera

Brown Argus, Ouirgane, 19 April

Pararge aegeria
Pararge aegeria

Speckled Wood, Ouirgane, 19 April

Coenonympha pamphilus f.lyllus
Coenonympha pamphilus f.lyllus

Small Heath, Ouirgane, 19 April

N'fiss valley
N'fiss valley

Ouirgane, 19 April

Anchusa species
Anchusa species

a lovely mauve/pink Bugloss, Ouirgane, 19 April

Berber village
Berber village

around Ouirgane, 19 April

Colotis evagore
Colotis evagore

Desert orange-tip larva on host plant, Capparis spinosa, Ouirgane, 19 April

Capparis spinosa
Capparis spinosa

Caper growing out of the rock face, Ouirgane, 19 April

Capparis spinosa
Capparis spinosa

flower, Ouirgane, 19 April

Tizi-n-Test summit
Tizi-n-Test summit

High Atlas watershed, 20 April

from Tizi-n-Test
from Tizi-n-Test

view down the valley towards Ouirgane, 20 April

Tizi-n-Test
Tizi-n-Test

in the Province de Taroudannt looking south into the cloud-covered Sahara, 20 April

Below the clouds
Below the clouds

heading down towards the desert, 20 April