All the old favourites were fluttering around the Butterfly Park, or just hanging around in some cases like the Attacus atlas and Samia ricini, mainly because, being moths, they are nocturnally active.
Owl butterflies, amongst others, are partial to rotting or fermenting fruit, grapes and bananas being amongst the favourites. Quite an intense aroma!
This first caterpillar, Hipolimnas bolina, was munching its way along a large leaf at quite a rate of knots. Looks quite fearsome close up.
A few more pics from the Butterfly Park, starting with this rather nice yellow specimen relaxing on the trunk of a tree.
I managed to get quite close to this Julia Butterfly, Dryas julia, although he seemed to be keeping an eye on me at all times.
The Butterfly Park, being a breeding centre, gives you the chance to see all the stages in the life-cycle of these creatures and you come across some pretty awesome-looking caterpillars.
Another great visit to the Butterfly Park in Benalmádena, such a relaxing place to wander, and this time there were several species I hadn’t seen before, such as the African Moon Moth (previous post) and this Clipper, Parthenos sylvia.
I wasn’t sure what to expect on my first trip to the Parque Natural Desembocadura del Guadalhorce, so everything was a nice surprise. For a change I am going to try and cover things in order.
This is the Emerald Swallowtail, Papilio palinurus, also known as the Emerald Peacock or Green-banded Peacock, a quite large butterfly native to southeast Asia.