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

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Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

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

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Callophrys rubi
Callophrys rubi

Green Hairstreak, Ifrane, Middle Atlas, 16 April

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Anthocharis belia belia
Anthocharis belia belia

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

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Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper, Ifrane, 16 April

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Gonepteryx rhamni
Gonepteryx rhamni

Brimstone, female, Ifrane, 16 April

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Gonepteryx rhamni
Gonepteryx rhamni

Brimstone, Ifrane, 16 April

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Iris reticulata
Iris reticulata

type, common around Sefrou, 16 April

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Adonis
Adonis

Zaouia de Ifrane, 16 April

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Pyrgus onopordi
Pyrgus onopordi

Rosy Grizzled Skipper, Ifrane, 17 April

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tbi
tbi

Ifrane hillside, 17 April

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Callophrys rubi
Callophrys rubi

Greeen Hairstreak, Ifrane, 17 April

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Nectar source
Nectar source

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

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Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, 17 April

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Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, 17 April

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Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

Moroccan Hairstreak, male, Ifrane, 17 April

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Tomares mauretanicus
Tomares mauretanicus

Moroccan Hairstreaks, males, Ifrane, 17 April

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tbi
tbi

Ifrane, 17 April

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Nymphalis polychloros
Nymphalis polychloros

Large Tortoiseshell, out from hibernation, Ifrane, 17 April

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Dayet Aaoua
Dayet Aaoua

between Ifrane and Annoceur, 17 April

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tbi
tbi

near Annoceur, Middle Atlas, 17 April

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Callophrys avis
Callophrys avis

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

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Pontia daplidice
Pontia daplidice

Bath White, near Annoceur, 17 April

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tbi
tbi

Sefrou, 17 April

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tbi
tbi

Sefrou, 17 April

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El Menzel gorge
El Menzel gorge

Middle Atlas, 17 April

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Pont d'Imdahane
Pont d'Imdahane

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

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Euchloe charlonia
Euchloe charlonia

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

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Euchloe charlonia
Euchloe charlonia

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

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Euchloe charlonia
Euchloe charlonia

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

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Crucifer species
Crucifer species

larval host plant of Greenish Black-tip, 18 April

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Dung beetles
Dung beetles

working hard at Pont d'Imdahane, 18 April

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Cicada
Cicada

empty pupal case, Ouirgane, High Atlas,19 April

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N'fiss valley
N'fiss valley

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

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Carcharodus tripolinus
Carcharodus tripolinus

False Mallow Skipper, Ouirgane, 19 April

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Carcharodus tripolinus
Carcharodus tripolinus

False Mallow Skipper, Ouirgane, 19 April

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Melitaea didyma
Melitaea didyma

Spotted Fritillary, Ouirgane, 19 April

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Aricia agestis cramera
Aricia agestis cramera

Brown Argus, Ouirgane, 19 April

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Pararge aegeria
Pararge aegeria

Speckled Wood, Ouirgane, 19 April

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Coenonympha pamphilus f.lyllus
Coenonympha pamphilus f.lyllus

Small Heath, Ouirgane, 19 April

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N'fiss valley
N'fiss valley

Ouirgane, 19 April

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Anchusa species
Anchusa species

a lovely mauve/pink Bugloss, Ouirgane, 19 April

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Berber village
Berber village

around Ouirgane, 19 April

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Colotis evagore
Colotis evagore

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

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Capparis spinosa
Capparis spinosa

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

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Capparis spinosa
Capparis spinosa

flower, Ouirgane, 19 April

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

High Atlas watershed, 20 April

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

view down the valley towards Ouirgane, 20 April

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Tizi-n-Test
Tizi-n-Test

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

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Below the clouds
Below the clouds

heading down towards the desert, 20 April

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