Summer at Plitvice with its butterflies, dragonflies and other wildlife (Croatia)

The Plitvice lakes (“Plitvička jezera“) are the most popular natural heritage in Croatia and they can be particularly crowded in summer time. Despite this, the least wildlife keeps showing with the wonderful colors of butterflies, moths and dragonflies, plus nice reptiles and amphibians.

Naturally the large fauna, that here includes most of the European big mammals, going from Brown Bears, Wolves and Lynxes, to Red and Roe Dears, avoid carefully the main paths where flock thousands of tourist from any country in the world, but naturalists and nature photographers can still find a lot of interesting creatures to observe and photograph.

This photo-report shows a collection of pictures I taken during three different visits to the national park, in July 2016 and June 2018 and 2019, leading the butterfly-lovers group of Naturetrek together with Josip Ledinšćak.

Interesting species I saw, but that I couldn’t photograph, were Brown Hawker (Aeshna grandis), Yellow-bellied Toad (Bombina variegata) and Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).

The famous turquoise waters of Plitvice
Common Bleak (Alburnus cfr. alburnus)
White-legged Damselfly or Blue Featherleg (Platycnemis pennipes)
Panorama from a view point
A cow-wheat (Melampyrum nemorosum)
Panorama from another view point
Common Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus)
Small Pincertail or Green-eyed Hooktail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
Triumph of water under the foot-bridges
European Minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus)
Lines of water
View from the water surface
Ceratophyllum sp.?
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
Azure Damselfly (Coenagrion puella)
One of the many waterfalls
Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus)
A veil of water
Yellow Loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris)
European Cyclamen (Cyclamen purpurascens)
A crambid moth (Crambus cfr. pascuella)
White Plume Moth (Pterophorus pentadactyla)
Box Tree Moth (Cydalima perspectalis)
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba alba)
Panorama from the entrance N° 1
Nine-spotted Moth (Amata phegea)
Common Bluet or Common Blue Damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum)
Small Pincertail or Green-eyed Hooktail (Onychogomphus forcipatus)
Beautiful Demoiselle (Calopteryx virgo)
Brown Trout (Salmo trutta)
Horvath’s Rock Lizard (Iberolacerta horvathi)
Chequered Blue (Scolitantides orion)
Heath Fritillary (Melitaea athalia)
Hungarian Glider (Neptis rivularis)
Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)
Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens)
Northern Pike (Esox lucius)
Common Clubtail (Gomphus vulgatissimus)
Scarce Chaser (Libellula fulva)
Eastern Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis)
A scorpion fly (Panorpa cfr. communis)
Keeled Skimmer (Orthetrum coerulescens)
Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni)
Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)
Essex Skipper (Thymelicus lineola)
Common Chub (Squalius cephalus)
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Martagon Lily (Lilium martagon)
Mazarine Blue (Cyaniris semiargus)
large Skipper (Ochlodes sylvanus)
Large White (Pieris brassicae)
Orange Moth (Angerona prunaria)
The Latin (Callopistria juventina)
Purple Tiger (Rhyparia purpurata)
Southern Grass Emerald (Chlorissa cfr. cloraria)
Italian Striped Bug (Graphosoma italicum)
European Glow-Worm (Lampyris cfr. noctiluca)
Birdsnest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis)
Walnut Orbweaver (Nuctenea umbratica)
A wave (Scopula cfr. caricaria)
A Bath asparagus (Ornithogalum cfr. sphaerocarpum) with a cucumber spider (Araniella opisthographa)
A weevil beetle (Otiorhynchus cardiniger)
Common Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera)
Swamp Sawgrass (Cladium mariscus)
Angular Orbweaver (Araneus angulatus)
Yellow Foxglove (Digitalis grandiflora)
Marsh Frog (Pelophylax cfr. ridibundus)
Yellow Archangel (Lamium galeobdolon)
Common Toad (Bufo bufo)
European Crayfish (Astacus astacus)
Marsh Frogs (Pelophylax cfr. ridibundus)
Bitter Wintercress (Barbarea vulgaris)
A pink (Dianthus cfr. petraeus)
Round-leaved Saxifrage (Saxifraga rotundifolia)
Eastern Green Lizard (Lacerta viridis)
Common Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Common Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), male
European Serin (Serinus serinus)
European mistletoe (Viscum album)
Scarlet Pimpernel (Lysimachia arvensis)
Bank Vole (Myodes glareolus)
The Flame (Axylia putris)
Peppered Moth (Biston betularia)
Alder Moth (Acronicta alni)
Small Elephant Hawkmoth (Deilephila porcellus)
Clouded Buff (Diacrisia sannio)

Luca Boscain

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