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
artisans: Someone today said it took 15 minutes. All passports are now checked because UK is not part of Schengen. The time spent at the airport is much the same as ever.
May 12, 2019 20:37:14 GMT 2
maudy2: Hi Steve we’re bringing our son, his wife and two children so it’s a family outing 🙈hopefully we’ll survive it 🤣
May 13, 2019 14:42:19 GMT 2
maudy2: Tony says we need help with the route and need somewhere to park it when we arrive , maybe even leave it there for future hols 🤔
May 13, 2019 14:43:50 GMT 2
artisans: Tony's been wanting help with the route for two years! . We need to meet for a coffee one day. When do you arrive?
May 14, 2019 10:59:37 GMT 2
maudy2: Hi Steve , we were due in roda about midnight tonight but after the fuel issue at Manchester It’s now anyone’s guess 🙈live update received from EasyJet says all of their flights will leave it’s just a case of when and we are still told to arrive on time
May 20, 2019 8:33:23 GMT 2
kaz: Hi janiemou..will be intouch soon Kaz
May 23, 2019 18:05:03 GMT 2
nsktravel1pegy: hello to everyone !!!!!!!!
May 24, 2019 12:30:19 GMT 2
janiemou: Nice to hear from you Kaz and you Peggy, we were missing you both x
May 25, 2019 10:56:34 GMT 2
kaz: Thanx janiemou............not been on forum due to my fall (again) my back hurts so much..will be intouch soon xxx
May 30, 2019 21:17:37 GMT 2
nsktravel1pegy: i wish to everyone a wonderfull summer !!!!!!
May 31, 2019 19:04:35 GMT 2
kaz: Happy holidays everyone............wish I was there this time of the year.......one day?
Jun 5, 2019 18:15:07 GMT 2
janiemou: Are you surviving the rain Kaz?
Jun 12, 2019 16:35:23 GMT 2
kaz: Just about janiemou..its raining now,,grey skies and windy its " s'windy, loved your pics of the sea....not been up on the sea wall since accident, maybe soon,getting around I bit better now............rain just stopped!! strange weather?? take care xx .
Jun 13, 2019 10:30:37 GMT 2
kaz: Hope you are both well Jan & Steve and enjoying the Roda sun!!!....the days here have been dry but humid,phew..........not able to get to Roda again this year ( I miss it so much) never mind, one day..take care, love Kaz & Rosie xxx
Jul 15, 2019 16:43:37 GMT 2
janiemou: Hi Kaz,I had pretty good weather when on quick trip back to the UK, not been so good since I have been back. Hopefully it will be better tomorrow.
Jul 16, 2019 14:36:06 GMT 2
kaz: Hi Janiemou.........as you may have heard, we had a Heat Wave for two days here.....my was it hot?? shouldn't complain though only it hasn't stopped raining to-day...we can't win can we?? Hope you and Steve are keeping well and still enjoying life.........
Jul 27, 2019 16:04:20 GMT 2
kaz: Not able to make Roda again this year.....family holidays in progress!!!So it will be just me n Rosie up on the sea wall!!! take care..love Kaz xx
Jul 27, 2019 16:07:29 GMT 2
janiemou: Oh Kaz, we will miss you, as will Roda.
Jul 27, 2019 17:37:57 GMT 2
kaz: I will miss you to...............one day a?
Aug 3, 2019 13:00:50 GMT 2