Walk to La Gouille via Alpage de l’Etoile, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland

You may have noticed that there was something missing from the pictures of my last walk – butterflies.  That wasn’t because there were none around, I just didn’t have the time to stop (or wait for them to stop) and capture them on camera.  Anyway, on Sunday I made up for that, and some, when I decided to walk to La Gouille, via the Alpage de l’Etoile.  There was one very small area, at the Mayen de la Cretta, which must have had at least a dozen different species fluttering around just a few thistle plants.

So my apologies if there now too many in this gallery, but even now I’ve left out the Marbled White, the Tortoiseshell and the Peacock.  At last though, I’ve finally captured an Apollo (which was rooted to the spot and I must have taken 20 or more photos of that one alone – see pic 16).

I also just happened to have my camera in my hand when the Hummingbird Hawkmoth came hovering by while I was having a little refreshment at the Hotel Dents de Veisivi.  🍺😊

 

 

13 thoughts on “Walk to La Gouille via Alpage de l’Etoile, Val d’Hérens, Switzerland

    • Thanks! At one point, I didn’t know which way to turn. To get to some in that ‘oasis’, I had to edge down a steep slope – only to find the same butterfly at eye level, where I’d been standing, a few minutes later! As I think I said, they find you sometimes! 🙂

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    • Thank you Donna. The Brassy Ringlet is certainly startling when you first see all those different colours, almost fluorescing, in the sunshine. It’s definitely one of my favourites, like the Apollo (which I’d never seen until I came to Switzerland). As for that black and red ‘thing’ in the Apollo picture, it’s a day flying moth from the Zygaenidae family. My book lists 14 different types, so I didn’t try to identify it. They are also quite common around here, but I was just pleased to capture the Apollo at last! 😀

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