NORTH-EAST GREECE, THRACE & MACEDONIA, with David Dennis 6 - 14 April 2022, based first in Alexandroupoli and then Drama

Photos shown in chronological order

Celastrina argiolus
Celastrina argiolus

Holly Blue, the first butterfly of the trip, seen here at a Snack Bar near Exochi on 6 April

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Anthocharis gruneri
Anthocharis gruneri

Gruner's Orange-tip, female, a half-way break in the journey near Karkadia towards Alexandroupoli

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Anthocharis gruneri
Anthocharis gruneri

Gruner's Orange-tip, a grab-shot at Karkadia

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Polyommatus icarus
Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue, also at Karkadia

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Polyommatus icarus
Polyommatus icarus

Common Blue, the same male as in the previous photo, lacking the cell-spot

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Anemone coronaria
Anemone coronaria

first seen at Karkadia but widespread throughout the trip

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Colias crocea
Colias crocea

Clouded Yellow, Karkadia

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Site north of Alexandroupoli
Site north of Alexandroupoli

known for the False Apollo, 7 April

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Archon apollinus
Archon apollinus

False Apollo, female, #1 target seen immediately upon arrival

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Archon apollinus
Archon apollinus

False Apollo, the previous photo cropped further

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Archon apollinus
Archon apollinus

False Apollo, male, seen more frequently than the evasive female

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Archon apollinus
Archon apollinus

False Apollo, another male

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The False Apollo site
The False Apollo site

another photo

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Aricia agestis
Aricia agestis

Brown Argus

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Lycaena ottomana
Lycaena ottomana

Grecian Copper, male

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Lycaena ottomana
Lycaena ottomana

Grecian Copper, female

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Lycaena ottomana
Lycaena ottomana

mating pair of Grecian Coppers

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Archon apollinus
Archon apollinus

False Apollo, another female, crash-landing for a brief moment

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Zerynthia polyxena
Zerynthia polyxena

Southern Festoon

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Pieris napi
Pieris napi

Green-veined White

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Anthocharis cardamines
Anthocharis cardamines

Orange-tip on anemone

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Anthocharis cardamines
Anthocharis cardamines

the same butterfly on lichen

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Anthocharis cardamines
Anthocharis cardamines

and now resting

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Planus orientalis
Planus orientalis

Ancient relic Oriental Plane trees on the way to the second site of the day

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Site # 2
Site # 2

also known for False Apollo

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Zerynthia cerisy
Zerynthia cerisy

Eastern Festoon, the only individual seen on the trip as light rain fell

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Zerynthia cerisy
Zerynthia cerisy

Eastern Festoon, as in the previous photo

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Pararge aegeria
Pararge aegeria

Speckled Wood

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Callophrys rubi
Callophrys rubi

Green Hairstreak

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Pieris napi
Pieris napi

another Green-veined White

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Leptidea sinapis
Leptidea sinapis

Wood White

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Potamus disused station
Potamus disused station

and derelict wagons

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Euchloe ausonia
Euchloe ausonia

Eastern Dappled White, seen at the disused station site

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Coastal path to the Cyclops Cave
Coastal path to the Cyclops Cave

up from Makri harbour on 8 April

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Papilio machaon gorganus
Papilio machaon gorganus

Swallowtail in mint condition

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Cyclops Cave
Cyclops Cave

(didn't get to see him)

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Iphiclides podalirius
Iphiclides podalirius

Scarce Swallowtail, also in great condition

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Pieris brassicae
Pieris brassicae

Large White, male

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Pontia edusa
Pontia edusa

Eastern Bath White

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Pontia edusa
Pontia edusa

Eastern Bath White, the same insect

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Libythea celtis
Libythea celtis

Nettle-tree, somewhat worn

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Colias crocea f.helice
Colias crocea f.helice

Clouded Yellow, female, in all probability form helice

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Wild tortoise
Wild tortoise

common on the scrubby, stony hillsides on an aborted visit near Mesimvria

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The 'False Apollo site'
The 'False Apollo site'

returned to on 9 April on a beautiful Spring day

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Archon apollinus
Archon apollinus

False Apollo, male, no females seen by me today

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Malacosoma neustria?
Malacosoma neustria?

larval web at ground level

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Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper

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Lycaena phlaeas
Lycaena phlaeas

Small Copper

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Stream scene
Stream scene
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Lycaena ottomana
Lycaena ottomana

Grecian Copper

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