Apollo 11

It seems fitting that I should add this post some 46 years to the day after the alleged first moon landing, but I’m glad to say this is not about space travel.  I blogged about the Apollo butterfly some 3 weeks ago now, saying how rare they are.  Indeed during my walks over the past 8 years, I think I’ve maybe seen 10 in total.  I’ve taken the odd photograph, but none of them have stood still long enough to get a decent picture.  That is, until number 11 landed…  Wikipedia says they are protected in many countries and on the IUCN Red List, so we’re quite lucky to have them flourishing on our doorstep (not literally you understand).  Judging by the vast number of different butterflies I saw the other day, July is clearly a good month for spotting them in the Swiss Alps and the Val d’Hérens in particular.

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      • Mike you could try contacting this man http://www.guypadfield.com/ who is part of UK Butterflies id team and lives in Switzerland, send him an image. I’m sure it’s an aberration but having looked through all the European Frits I could not even say what species! Please let me know how you get on. The other option is to join the face book group ‘Just Butterflies. Moths and their Caterpillars’ (I’m a member) and post the image there asking for help.

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        • Many thanks for your advice. I’ll look him up. I had planned to go on a sort of field trip last year with Vincent Baudraz, but the weather intervened and it was cancelled. I’ll almost certainly put my name down again if I’m available this year. I’ll no doubt post something if it happens. 🙂

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