Friday, 16 October 2015

East of Antalya, Turkey - 3-9 October 2015 - Lepidoptera and Odonata

Staying at an all inclusive hotel, I wasn't too hopeful about the invertebrate life I would encounter during our week in Turkey. I was amazed by the sheer numbers of Hummingbird Hawkmoths around the hotel with up to 15 HBHMs on a single Lantana camara plant. The most exciting invertebrate of the trip was Plain Tiger which was a real show stopper and surprisingly common with about 20 seen on the trip. There were Long-tailed Blue and Lang's Short-tailed Blue feeding on the hotel plants as well as several white which I failed to ID.
Our day trip to the Green Canyon proved quite frustrating as several very impressive butterfly flew past the boat, but views were never good enough to ID.
Clouded Yellow
'pink morph' Vestal
Long-tailed Blue
Lang's Short-tailed Blue
Hummingbird Hawkmoth
Violet Dropwing
Plain Tiger
Plain Tiger
Dark Grass Blue
Blue sp (yet to ID
Blue sp (yet to ID) same as above
The Passenger
Red-veined Darter
Crimson Speckled
Scarlet Darter
(above and bellow) Millet Skipper

Striped Hawkmoth found dead in the hotel
Spoladea recurvalis

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