A couple of hours walking in the nature of Falcade

Falcade is pretty village of the Dolomites (Belluno province), at about 1,148 m, that is particularly popular in winter time because it is a good base to reach the S. Pellegrino ski area. But also in summer the Biois stream sides can offer to naturalists some nice sightings.

The setting is tipically alpine, with beautiful old wooden “tabià”, attractive little churches and amazing dolomitic peaks.

Falcade Alto
Falcade Alto
Focobon massif (3,054 m)
Focobon massif (3,054 m)

I visited the area at the end of July and I spent a couple of hours walking along the Biois stream sides, looking for wildlife.

Birding was pretty quiet, as usual at this time of year, with Common Buzzard, Common Swift, House and Craig Martin, Grey wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher, Coal and Great Tit, Common Treecreeper, Italian Sparrow, Crossbill and Serin.

Great Tit (Parus major)
Great Tit (Parus major)

Most of orchids were over, with just abundant Common Twayblades (Neottia ovata) and few Dark Red Helleborines (Epipactis atrorubens) in blooming.

Common Twayblade (Neottia ovata)
Common Twayblade (Neottia ovata)
Dark Red Helleborine (Epipactis atrorubens)
Dark Red Helleborine (Epipactis atrorubens)

Many plantes were already with fruits, including Herb-paris (Paris quadrifolia), Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum), Black-berried Honeysuckle (Lonicera nigra), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca), Rock Bramble (Rubus saxatilis) and Raspberry (Rubus idaeus).

Herb-paris (Paris quadrifolia)
Herb-paris (Paris quadrifolia)
Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum)
Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum)
Black-berried Honeysuckle (Lonicera nigra)
Black-berried Honeysuckle (Lonicera nigra)
Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)
Raspberry (Rubus idaeus)

Some other species were still in full blooming, including Common Soapwort (Saponaria officinalis), Touch-me-not (Impatiens noli-tangere), Rosebay Willowherb (Chamaenerion angustifolium), Variegated Monkshood (Aconitum variegatum), Greater Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus cf. alectorolophus), Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica), Large Self-heal (Prunella grandiflora), Dotted Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata), etc.

Touch-me-not (Impatiens noli-tangere)
Touch-me-not (Impatiens noli-tangere)
Rosebay Willowherb (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
Rosebay Willowherb (Chamaenerion angustifolium)
Variegated Monkshood (Aconitum variegatum)
Variegated Monkshood (Aconitum variegatum)
Greater Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus cf. alectorolophus)
Greater Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus cf. alectorolophus)
Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica)
Hedge Woundwort (Stachys sylvatica)
Dotted Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata)
Dotted Loosestrife (Lysimachia punctata)

I observed also many butterflies, including Black-veined White (Aporia crataegi), Idas Blue (Plebejus cf. idas), Amanda’s Blue (Polyommatus amandus), Marbled White (Melanargia galathea), Large Wall Brown (Lasiommata maera), Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia), Arran Brown (Erebia ligea) and Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola).

Idas Blue (Plebejus cf. idas)
Idas Blue (Plebejus cf. idas)
Amanda's Blue (Polyommatus amandus)
Amanda’s Blue (Polyommatus amandus)
Arran Brown (Erebia ligea)
Arran Brown (Erebia ligea)
Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)

I found also the gorgeous Carniola Burnet (Zygaena carniolica), maybe the most beautiful of all burnets.

Carniola Burnet (Zygaena carniolica)
Carniola Burnet (Zygaena carniolica)

But the best species of the day was probably the stunning White Admiral (Limenitis camilla), nicely perched on a Hogweed (Heracleum sphondylium).

White Admiral facing a Silver-washed Fritillary
White Admiral facing a Silver-washed Fritillary
White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)
White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)
White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)
White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)

Luca Boscain

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