Lately, my main activity has been the search and identification of butterfly species and habitats. A few trips in southern Dobrogea (Constanta county), in some woods in Dambovita county, in Comana Woods (Giurgiu county), and in the Rasnoavei Gorges (Cheile Rasnoavei, Brasov county) have been very successful, with new species for myself and some new localities for some species previously not recorded in Romania.
I won’t get into details in this post regarding the exact locations, rather I will post a few images of some of the more interesting species, and also of some individuals of well represented species populations in the investigated areas.
1. Zerynthia cerisyi ferdinandi, one of the rarest large butterfly species in Romania due to it’s only one general location in Romania:
5. Argynnis paphia paphia, perhaps the best well observed butterfly species of June, due to it’s large size and highly contrasted color, but also due to large numbers of individuals that sometimes gather on the roads or in the woods to drink water (to extract minerals):
7. Euphydryas maturna partiensis, another endangered species, which can also be found in some locations in rather large numbers. Unfortunately these locations are subjected to human intervention and thus, these localized populations are highly endangered:
10. Lycaena dispar rutila, one of the most beautiful small butterflies in Romania due to it’s intense red color on the upper part of the wings. Unfortunately I did not get a chance at that view, so only ventral images are posted. Also an endangered European species: