PICOS de EUROPA, based in Espinama, July 2014 in the company of Alan Bernard and with invaluable locational assistance from Teresa Farino

PICOS DE EUROPA, July 2014 with Alan Bernard, joined for dinner by Teresa Farino who kindly let us pick her brains

Picos de Europa
Picos de Europa

to the north from the Mirador del Oso, Cantabria, 12 July

Papilio machaon
Papilio machaon

Swallowtail, Las Tuercas, Villaescusa de las Torres, Cantabria, 15 July

Parnassius apollo
Parnassius apollo

Apollo, Mirador del Oso,12 July

Tudes
Tudes

track through Mediterranean-type shrubs, popular with Brimstones and Cleopatras, 14 July

Gonepteryx cleopatra
Gonepteryx cleopatra

Cleopatra, Tudes, 14 July

Satyrium esculi
Satyrium esculi

False Ilex Hairstreak, Tudes, 14 July

Satyrium spini
Satyrium spini

Blue-spot Hairstreak, and another lurking below, near Campollo, 14 July

Lycaena vigaureae ssp miegii
Lycaena vigaureae ssp miegii

Scarce Copper, Llanaves de la Reina, 12 July

Lycaena tityrus
Lycaena tityrus

Sooty Copper, Espinama, 10 July

Beges
Beges

way down below, 16 July

Everes argiades
Everes argiades

Short-tailed Blue, Beges, 16 July

Everes argiades
Everes argiades

Short-tailed Blue, Campollo, 14 July

Cupido minimus
Cupido minimus

Small Blue, Beges, 16 July

Mostajal bog
Mostajal bog

Cantabria, 16 July

Maculinea nausithous
Maculinea nausithous

Dusky Large Blue, Mostajal bog, Cantabria, 16 July

Plebejus argus
Plebejus argus

Silver-studded Blue, Beges, 16 July

Plebejus argus
Plebejus argus

Silver-studded Blue, Beges, 16 July

Fuente De
Fuente De

view from the top of the cable car, 11 July

Fuente De
Fuente De

fantastically atmospheric 'world' home to chamois, Lefebvre's Ringlet and Gavarnie Blue, 11 July

Androsace villosa
Androsace villosa

larval host plant of the Gavarnie Blue, Fuente De, 11 July

Agriades pyrenaicus
Agriades pyrenaicus

Gavarnie Blue, Fuente De, 11 July

Agriades pyrenaicus
Agriades pyrenaicus

Gavarnie Blue, Fuente De, 11 July

Agriades pyrenaicus
Agriades pyrenaicus

Gavarnie Blue, Fuente De, 11 July

Lizard
Lizard

atop Fuente De, 11 July

Cyaniris semiargus
Cyaniris semiargus

Mazarine Blue, Las Tuercas, Cantabria, 15 July

Agrodiaetus dolus
Agrodiaetus dolus

Furry Blue, Las Tuercas, Cantabria, 15 July

Fuente De
Fuente De

sheer rock face c800 metres high from the cable car station to the top, 10 July

Agrodiaetus escheri
Agrodiaetus escheri

Escher's Blue, base of Fuente De massif, 10 July

Agrodiaetus ripartii
Agrodiaetus ripartii

Ripart's Anomalous Blue, Las Tuercas, 15 July

Plebicula dorylas
Plebicula dorylas

Turquoise Blue, Mostajal, Cantabria, 16 July

Plebicula dorylas
Plebicula dorylas

the same insect as in the previous photo

Lysandra coridon
Lysandra coridon

Chalk-hill Blue, Tudes, 14 July

Lysandra coridon
Lysandra coridon

as in the previous photo

Lysandra bellargus
Lysandra bellargus

Adonis Blue, Campollo, 14 July

Lysandra bellargus
Lysandra bellargus

Adonis Blue, Pido, 11 July

Polyommatus icarus
Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue, female, Pido, 13 July

Polyommatus icarus
Polyommatus icarus

Common Blues, Tudes, 14 July

Las Tuercas
Las Tuercas

Villaescusa de las Torres, Cantabria, 15 July

Limenitis reducta
Limenitis reducta

Southern White Admiral, Las Tuercas, Cantabria, 15 July

Polygonum c-album
Polygonum c-album

Comma, Pido, 13 July

Argynnis pandora
Argynnis pandora

Cardinal, Las Tuercas, Cantabria, 15 July

Argynnis pandora
Argynnis pandora

the same butterfly as shown in the previous photo

Espinama meadows
Espinama meadows

10 July

Argynnis paphia
Argynnis paphia

Silver-washed Fritillary, male, Espinama meadows. 10 July

Argynnis paphia form valezina
Argynnis paphia form valezina

Silver-washed Fritillary, female, Espinama, 10 July

Mountains
Mountains

behind Pido and across the valley from Espinama, 13 July

Argynnis aglaja
Argynnis aglaja

Dark Green Fritillary, Espinama, 10 July

Argynnis aglaja
Argynnis aglaja

Dark Green Fritillary, Las Tuercas, Cantabria, 15 July

Argynnis adippe
Argynnis adippe

High Brown Fritillary, Las Tuercas, Cantabria, 15 July

Issoria lathonia
Issoria lathonia

Queen of Spain Fritillary, las Tuercas, Cantabria, 15 July