Three days looking for orchids, birds, butterflies and moths in the Gargano

After my wonderful experience in leading two Naturetrek groups there in 2016 (link), I visited the peninsula of Gargano (Puglia) once again in April 2018, together with my friend Luca Sattin, truly a moth-man. During just three, particularly intense, days we found about 40 species and forms of orchids, 50 species of birds, 20 of butterflies and 75 of moths!

I suppose that I’ve told already enough about the peninsula in the previous post called “Gargano: the European hot-spot for orchids“, so I’m going to leave only my pics to tell by colours the feelings of that heaven, putting them just in chronological order, going from the morning/evening moth-trap sections, to the field researches in daylight along the breathtaking Gargano meadows: I hope you will enjoy them!

Coronet (Craniophora ligustri)
Coronet (Craniophora ligustri)
Cream-spot Tiger (Arctia villica)
Cream-spot Tiger (Arctia villica)
Barred Hook-tip (Watsonalla cultraria)
Barred Hook-tip (Watsonalla cultraria)
Amephana aurita
Amephana aurita
Broad-barred White (Hecatera bicolorata)
Broad-barred White (Hecatera bicolorata)
Yellow Belle (Aspitates ochrearia)
Yellow Belle (Aspitates ochrearia)
Silver Y (Autographa gamma)
Silver Y (Autographa gamma)
Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia pyri)
Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia pyri)
Mullein Wave (Scopula marginepunctata)
Mullein Wave (Scopula marginepunctata)
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys holosericea apulica)
Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys holosericea apulica)
Small-flowered Tongue-orchid (Serapias parviflora)
Small-flowered Tongue-orchid (Serapias parviflora)
Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)
Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)
Long-lipped Serapias (Serapias vomeracea longipetala)
Long-lipped Serapias (Serapias vomeracea longipetala)
Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)
Wall Brown (Lasiommata megera)
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba)
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba)
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)
Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus)
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca)
Eastern Black-eared Wheatear (Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca)
Pink Cistus (Cistus creticus)
Pink Cistus (Cistus creticus)
Pea (pisum sativum)
Pea (Pisum sativum)
Roman Dactylorhiza (Dactylorhiza romana)
Roman Dactylorhiza (Dactylorhiza romana)
Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea)
Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea)
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
Whinchat (Saxicola rubetra)
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba)
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba)
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba)
Alpine Swift (Tachymarptis melba)
Common Winter Damselfly (Sympecma fusca)
Common Winter Damselfly (Sympecma fusca)
Butterfly (Anacamptis papilionacea) and Green-winged Orchids (Anacamptis morio)
Butterfly (Anacamptis papilionacea) and Green-winged Orchids (Anacamptis morio)
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio)
Green-winged Orchids (Anacamptis morio)
Hybrid between Butterfly and Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea X Anacamptis morio)
Hybrid between Butterfly and Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea X Anacamptis morio)
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio picta)
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio picta)
Green-winged Orchids (Anacamptis morio)
Green-winged Orchids (Anacamptis morio)
Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)
Common Whitethroat (Sylvia communis)
Brown Argus (Aricia cf. agestis)
Brown Argus (Aricia cf. agestis)
Iris cf. bicapitata
Iris cf. bicapitata
Ophrys cf. sicula
Ophrys lutea sicula
Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera)
Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera neglecta)
Iris cf. bicapitata
Iris cf. bicapitata
Common Tongue-orchid (Serapias lingua)
Common Tongue-orchid (Serapias lingua)
Four-spotted Orchid (Orchis quadripunctata)
Four-spotted Orchid (Orchis quadripunctata)
Ophrys promontorii
Ophrys promontorii
Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora)
Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora)
Ophrys crabronifera biscutella
Ophrys crabronifera biscutella
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Monte Sacro limestones
Monte Sacro limestones
Ophrys crabronifera biscutella
Ophrys crabronifera biscutella
Ophrys crabronifera biscutella
Ophrys crabronifera biscutella
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio picta)
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio picta)
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio)
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio)
Italian Festoon (Zerynthia cassandra)
Italian Festoon (Zerynthia cassandra)
Blue Anemone (Anemone apennina)
Blue Anemone (Anemone apennina)
Aristolochia pallida
Aristolochia pallida
Purple Gromwell (Buglossoides purpurocaerulea)
Purple Gromwell (Buglossoides purpurocaerulea)
Viola merxmuelleri = Viola graeca
Viola merxmuelleri = Viola graeca
Broad-leaved Anemone (Anemone hortensis)
Broad-leaved Anemone (Anemone hortensis)
Ophrys corsica
Ophrys lutea phryganae
Sparse Flowered Orchids (Orchis pauciflora)
Sparse Flowered Orchids (Orchis pauciflora)
Sparse Flowered Orchids (Orchis pauciflora) and Grape Hyacinthes (Muscari neglectum)
Sparse Flowered Orchids (Orchis pauciflora) and Grape Hyacinths (Muscari neglectum)
Ophrys sicula
Ophrys lutea sicula
Sparse Flowered Orchid (Orchis pauciflora)
Sparse Flowered Orchid (Orchis pauciflora)
Garden Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum cf. umbellatum)
Garden Star-of-Bethlehem (Ornithogalum cf. umbellatum)
Ophrys exaltata archipelagi
Ophrys exaltata archipelagi (a new one for me!)
Violet Limodore (Limodorum abortivum)
Violet Limodore (Limodorum abortivum), still growing
Man (Orchis anthropophora) and Few-flowered Orchids (Orchis pauciflora)
Man (Orchis anthropophora) and Few-flowered Orchids (Orchis pauciflora)
Four-spotted Orchid (Orchis quadripunctata)
Four-spotted Orchid (Orchis quadripunctata)
Meadow of Yellow Asphodels (Asphodeline lutea)
Meadow of Yellow Asphodels (Asphodeline lutea)
Italian Festoon (Zerynthia cassandra)
Italian Festoon (Zerynthia cassandra)
Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora)
Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora)
Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera)
Sawfly Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera neglecta)
Iris sp.
Iris bicapitata ?
Dark Ophrys (Ophrys incubacea)
Dark Ophrys (Ophrys incubacea)
Ophrys passionis garganica
Ophrys passionis garganica
Ophrys exaltata archipelagi
Ophrys exaltata archipelagi
Roman Orchid (Dactylorhiza romana)
Roman Orchid (Dactylorhiza romana)
Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea)
Butterfly Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea)
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum)
Giant Orchid (Himantoglossum robertianum), almost over
Small Blue (Cupido minimus)
Small Blue (Cupido minimus)
Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus)
Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus)
Common Rock-thrush (Monticola saxatilis)
Common Rock-thrush (Monticola saxatilis)
Dense-flowered Orchid (Neotinea maculata)
Dense-flowered Orchid (Neotinea maculata)
Ophrys passionis garganica, apochromatic
Ophrys passionis garganica, apochromatic individual
Aubrieta columnae italica
Aubrieta columnae italica
Lady Orchids (Orchis purpurea)
Lady Orchids (Orchis purpurea)
Ophrys lutea phryganae
Ophrys lutea phryganae
Ophrys passionis garganica
Ophrys passionis garganica
View from Monte Sant'Angelo
View from Monte Sant’Angelo
Ophrys lutea sicula
Ophrys lutea sicula
Willow Beauty (Peribatodes cf. rhomboidaria)
Willow Beauty (Peribatodes cf. rhomboidaria)
Anarta pugnax
Anarta pugnax
Mythimna cf. sicula
Mythimna cf. sicula
Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)
Angle Shades (Phlogophora meticulosa)
Lunar Double-stripe (Minucia lunaris)
Lunar Double-stripe (Minucia lunaris)
Acrobasis cf. obliqua
Acrobasis cf. obliqua
Coronet (Craniophora ligustri)
Coronet (Craniophora ligustri)
The Goldwing (Synthymia fixa)
The Goldwing (Synthymia fixa)
Dyscia innocentaria sicanaria
Dyscia innocentaria sicanaria
Olive-tree Beauty (Peribatodes umbraria)
Olive-tree Beauty (Peribatodes umbraria)
Menophra cf. japygiaria
Menophra cf. japygiaria
Pseudococcyx tessulatana
Pseudococcyx tessulatana
Menophra sp.
Menophra sp.
Scarce Crimson-and-gold (Pyrausta sanguinalis)
Scarce Crimson-and-gold (Pyrausta sanguinalis)
Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia pyri)
Giant Peacock Moth (Saturnia pyri)
Mattinata
Mattinata
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
Small Heath (Coenonympha pamphilus)
Bertoloni’s Bee Orchid (Ophrys bertolonii bertolonii)
Bertoloni’s Bee Orchid (Ophrys bertolonii bertoloniformis)
Ophrys sicula
Ophrys sicula
Chapman's Blue (Polyommatus thersites)
Chapman’s Blue (Polyommatus thersites)
Caterpillars of Ground Lackey (Malacosoma castrensis)
Caterpillars of Ground Lackey (Malacosoma castrensis)
Ophrys passionis garganica
Ophrys passionis garganica
Ophrys lutea phryganae
Ophrys lutea phryganae
Bertoloni’s Bee Orchid (Ophrys bertolonii bertoloniiformis)
Bertoloni’s Bee Orchid (Ophrys bertolonii bertoloniiformis)
Ophrys lutea phryganae
Ophrys lutea phryganae
Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea)
Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea)
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio picta), apochromatic individual
Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio picta), apochromatic individual
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Milky Orchid (Neotinea lactea)
Milky Orchid (Neotinea lactea), almost over. A new species for me!
Meadow of Naked Man Orchids (Orchis italica)
Meadow of Naked Man Orchids (Orchis italica)
Hybrid between Man and Naked Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora X Orchid italica)
Hybrid between Man and Naked Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora X Orchid italica)
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Ophrys mix (Ophrys promontorii, O. bertolonii bertoloni and O. bertolonii bertoloniformis)
Ophrys mix (Ophrys promontorii, O. bertolonii bertolonii and O. bertolonii bertoloniformis)
Ophrys promontorii
Ophrys promontorii
Dyer's Alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria)
Dyer’s Alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria)
Hoary Rockrose (Helianthemum oelandicum)
Hoary Rockrose (Helianthemum oelandicum)
Serapias bergonii
Serapias bergonii (a new one for me!)
Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata)
Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata)
Carpet of flowers nearby Monte Sant'Angelo
Carpet of flowers nearby Monte Sant’Angelo
Coenotephria cf. ablutaria
Coenotephria cf. ablutaria
Carpet of orchids nearby Monte Sant'Angelo
Carpet of orchids nearby Monte Sant’Angelo
View into the Valle Carbonara
View into the Valle Carbonara
Hybrid between Sawfly and Bertoloni’s Bee Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera X Ophrys bertolonii)
Hybrid between Sawfly and Bertoloni’s Bee Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera X Ophrys bertolonii)
Hybrid between Sawfly and Bertoloni’s Bee Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera X Ophrys bertolonii)
Hybrid between Sawfly and Bertoloni’s Bee Orchid (Ophrys tenthredinifera X Ophrys bertolonii)
Hybrid between Butterfly and Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea X Anacamptis morio)
Hybrid between Butterfly and Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis papilionacea X Anacamptis morio)
Ophrys passionis garganica, apochromatic
Ophrys passionis garganica, apochromatic
Bumblebee Orchid (Ophrys bombyliflora)
Bumblebee Orchid (Ophrys bombyliflora)
Ophrys minipassionis & Ophrys passionis garganica
Ophrys minipassionis & Ophrys passionis garganica
Ophrys minipassionis
Ophrys minipassionis (a new one for me!)
Hybrid Ophrys tenthredinifera X O. promontorii ?
Hybrid Ophrys tenthredinifera X O. promontorii ?
Iris pseudopumila
Iris pseudopumila
Lizard Orchid (Himantoglossum hircinum), still growing
Lizard Orchid (Himantoglossum hircinum), still growing
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Naked Man Orchid (Orchis italica)
Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata)
Burnt Orchid (Neotinea ustulata)
Meadow of Naked Man Orchids
Meadow of Naked Man Orchids
Eastern Serapias (Serapias orientalis apulica)
Eastern Serapias (Serapias orientalis apulica)
Pyroderces argyrogrammos
Pyroderces argyrogrammos
Orange Upperwing (Jodia croceago)
Orange Upperwing (Jodia croceago)
Coleophora albella ?
Coleophora albella ?
Sacred Scarab (Scarabaeus sacer)
Sacred Scarab (Scarabaeus sacer)
Pseudococcyx tessulatana
Pseudococcyx tessulatana
Green Drab (Ophiusa tirhaca)
Green Drab (Ophiusa tirhaca)
Shargacucullia sp.
Shargacucullia sp.
Great Prominent (Peridea anceps)
Great Prominent (Peridea anceps)
Treble-bar (Aplocera plagiata)
Treble-bar (Aplocera plagiata)
Ophrys sipontensis
Ophrys sipontensis
Italian Wall Lizard (Podarcis siculus campestris)
Italian Wall Lizard (Podarcis siculus campestris)
Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius)
Middle Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos medius)
Ophrys oestrifera montis-gargani
Ophrys oestrifera montis-gargani
Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys holosericea apulica)
Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys holosericea apulica)
Bumblebee Orchid (Ophrys bombyliflora)
Bumblebee Orchid (Ophrys bombyliflora)
Small-flowered Tongue-orchid (Serapias parviflora)
Small-flowered Tongue-orchid (Serapias parviflora)
Long-lipped Serapias (Serapias vomeracea vomeracea)
Long-lipped Serapias (Serapias vomeracea vomeracea)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Ophrys oestrifera montis-gargani
Ophrys oestrifera montis-gargani
Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys holosericea parvimaculata)
Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys holosericea parvimaculata)
Spring Cyclamen (Cyclamen repandum)
Spring Cyclamen (Cyclamen repandum)
Tongue Serapias (Serapias lingua)
Tongue Serapias (Serapias lingua)
Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys holosericea parvimaculata)
Late Spider-orchid (Ophrys holosericea parvimaculata)
Heart-flowered Serapias (Serapias cordigera)
Heart-flowered Serapias (Serapias cordigera)
Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)
Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis)
Tongue Serapias (Serapias lingua)
Tongue Serapias (Serapias lingua)
Slender Scotch Burnet (Zygaena loti)
Slender Scotch Burnet (Zygaena loti)
Ragusa's Nine-spotted (Amata kruegeri)
Ragusa’s Nine-spotted (Amata kruegeri)
Heart-flowered Serapias (Serapias cordigera)
Heart-flowered Serapias (Serapias cordigera)

I would like to thanks, finally, Mihai Bobocea, Giovanni Quitadamo, Angela Rossini and Andrew Cleave that helped me in finding orchids, sharing informations and knowledge, and the kind and tireless Luca Sattin that accompanied me during my short and quick trip to Gargano!

Luca Boscain

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