This little beauty seems to be quite rarely seen in Corfu, but it’s here at the moment and we see it daily. To give it’s official name, it’s the 'danaus chrysippus', or ‘Plain Tiger’ butterfly, and it’s more commonly seen in Asia.
Nice photo; I bought a book on Butterflies and Moths of Corfu from the garden centre just the other side of Acharavi and it is amazing how many varieties there are on Corfu but in different areas; flat arable areas, mountains, pastures etc. when I've been walking you do see a lot and a times groups in there hundreds.
I’d bet your book never said there were Tigers in Corfu, Dave! I must look out for that book as the two European books I have are hopeless. There were at least eight of these butterflies today, possibly around a variety of milkweed. I spent a bit more time getting this photo.
We have been amazed at how much interest has been shown by the wildlife experts on the island in our photo of this butterfly. There have been several trips up from the south, with even one enthusiast thinking about booking flights back from the UK! We are monitoring the numbers for them and more photos are being taken. The experts are finding more unusual butterflies there, and we are learning about habitat and flora. Whilst we were doing our butterfly count we came across a very large Balkan wall lizard, but didn't have our camera ready. We enjoy our walks as we love seeing the wild flowers, the plants that are shooting up now, even the ant nests. I think we must have a trace of Gerald Durrell in us. I still haven't seen a tortoise yet though!
Our butterfly seems to have caused a stir. The discovery has been discussed all over Europe in the butterfly community. The photos show the flower the butterflies feed on, the plant they lay their eggs on, a butterfly in the process of laying, and the eggs they have laid. Even the plant they lay their eggs on seems to be unique to Almyros.
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two of the best books I've found to date are Collins Complete Mediterranean Wildlife photo guide by Paul Sterry and Flowers of Greece by George Sfikas. Both still available on amazon uk (the flowers of Greece for 1 pence used!!) although they were published in 2000 and 1976 respectively. My copies are falling apart so I might renew them both. I was told by a Greek who owned a book shop in Corfu town many years ago that the flora and fauna of the islands is just too much to photographed and published and nobody had ever really tried to do it.
Janiemou; re seeing a tortoise; just visit the British Cemetary and you are guaranteed to see them.
You are kidding me. We spent a good hour wandering around the beautiful cemetery, did I see one of these numerous tortoises, did I heck as like. I have come to the conclusion that they are deliberately avoiding me, people are only here for days and see them. Me, 15 years not even seen a hint. It is my new year's resolution to go on a tortoise hunt and end this virginity once and for all
janiemou: Oh Kaz, we will miss you, as will Roda.
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kaz: I will miss you to...............one day a?
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kaz: Nice cooling rain here in Kent after 2days of sweltering SUN...shouldn't complain though should I.....I have friends on their way to Roda at the wkend staying at the Afroditi, I expect you will know them..........just wish I could be there with them. Enjoy
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kaz: Just got on my 'puter..thanks for missing me!!...I am there in spirit (always)just wish my BODY was !!!never mind, next year with luck ( before I have to use a walking frame!!!)glad the weather is good for you all....hold on, just want to wipe the tears
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kaz: Now my puter is playing up.......I cant win
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kaz: Hope Forum meetings are going well?? I miss them too xxxx
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kaz: Weather in Kent is very hot...........still not as nice as being in Roda!!!
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kaz: Nights are drawing in...curtains closed.....lights on.........just not looking forward to a long Winter again ( it comes round so quick!!)...Just Xmas to look forward to now, then the New Year and THEN holidays in Roda
Sept 25, 2019 20:15:16 GMT 2
artisans: Be so good to see you again kaz ...
Oct 4, 2019 9:32:09 GMT 2
kaz: Thanks Steve.........hope I get to make it to Roda??
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johnreig: Has anyone got Spiros Banos apartment (Roda) details
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artisans: Details on the thread ....
Oct 11, 2019 22:46:07 GMT 2
kaz: Hi Steve...has sent you email this evening ok
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