Spring butterflies -April/May 2015

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It’s been a long time since I’ve last posted here, and the main reason for this is that I’ve been very busy searching for different insect species and new habitats around Bucharest and in other places in Romania.

I will do a more in-depth post regarding one of these species, but for now a small list of butterflies which can be observed in April and May. Some of these species are rather localized, meaning that it is not easy to observe them, and the locations which they inhabit should be protected in one way or the other.

If there is anyone who can help with this (conservations of habitats in Romania), please feel free to contact me at the e-mail address jupiter182002atyahoodotca (change the words with the corresponding signs).

And now, the butterflies:

Zerynthia polyxena polyxena



zerynthia 2

3rd instar larvae:


Parnassius mnemosyne distincta


parnasius a mare

parnasius b

parnasius c

parnasius d mare


parnasius I MARE

parnasius h

parnasius g

parnasius e

And a male with a female, both on the same plant:

parnasius f

Iphiclides podalirius podalirius

coada randunicii alb

Araschnia levana levana (f. levana)

levana 2


Anthocharis cardamines cardamines (females)

antocharis 3

antocharis 2


Hamearis lucina lucina


There are, of course, many more butterfly species observable in this period of the year, but for now, these are the only shots that I’m able to post.

2 Replies to “Spring butterflies -April/May 2015”

  1. Good to see images for some of the species names I still have fresh in my memory after the last “forest trip”. As you said, just a glimpse of what nature has to offer right now, but a great tribute to these special life forms. Too bad we cannot put everything around us in some sort of time capsule. Ok, not everything 😉

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