Late Butterflies - graylings and ringlets
Late Butterflies - graylings and ringlets -NEW-
Wednesday 24th July - Sunday 4th August 2013
Similar to the early butterflies, there are a number of species that are on the wing late in the summer and they are also very seldom to be seen on the classic tours in June and July. These are mainly graylings and ringlets, but many other species will be recorded too. Our tour is designed and timed to provide opportunities for seeing species like the Grey Asian Grayling, Dark Grayling, Brown’s Grayling, Grecian Grayling, Water Ringlet, Black Ringlet, Damon Blue, Balkan Heath and many more. Within the tour we will visit again the three counties – Bulgaria, Greece and Macedonia.
Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the foothills of Rila mountain (about one and a half hours), where we will stay for two nights. Stop en-route for Dryad, Purple Emperor, Lesser Purple Emperor, Chequered Blue, Hungarian and Common Gliders.
Today we will explore the highest Rila peak – Musala where we will look for Cynthia’s Fritillary, Balkan Clouded Yellow, Shepherd’s Fritillary, Dusky Grizzled Skipper, Dewy Ringlet, Nicholl’s Ringlet and Eastern Large Heath.
Transfer to the Pirin mountain, for a one night stay in Dobrinishte. En-route we will explore another high part of Rila, Treshtenik, where will look for Balkan Copper, False Eros Blue, Bulgarian Ringlet, Large Ringlet, Nichol’s Ringlet, Common Brassy Ringlet, Ottoman Brassy Ringlet, Water Ringlet, Bright-eyed Ring- let, Cynthia’s Fritillary.
Today we will visit the high part of Pirin, which we will reach by a chair lift. Species to be seen are Black Ringlet, Silky Ringlet, Common Brassy Ringlet, Nichol’s Ringlet, Balkan Fritillary, Niobe Fritillary, Large and Purple-shot Coppers, False Grayling, Great-banded Grayling, Large Wall Brown, Alcon Blue.
Transfer to Kresna Gorge where we will spend the day, looking for Little Tiger Blue, Krueper’s Small White, Southern White Admiral, White-banded, Balkan, Delattin’s, Tree and Eastern Rock Grayling, Nettle-tree Butterfly. Stay overnight for one night in local hotel.
Explore the areas south of the gorge for species which we might have missed the previous day, followed by afternoon transfer to, Pindos Mountain in Greece, where we will stay for 2 nights.
Explore Pindos mountain for Greek Clouded Yellow, Dark, Brown’s, Grecian, Balkan and False graylings, Freyer’s Fritillary, Balkan Heath, Woodland Ringlet, Esper’s Marbled White, Iolas Blue, Lattice Brown, Northern Wall Brown and many more.
Days 8 and 9
Drive to Macedonia, where both days we will explore Galichitsa mountain for Grey Asian Grayling, Woodland Grayling, Hermit, Damon Blue, Grecian Anomalous Blue, False Eros Blue, Russian Heath, Purple and Brown hairstreaks, Esper’s Marbled White, Balkan Marbled White. Two nights stay near Pre- spa Lake.
Drive to Prilep town where we will explore its surroundings for Macedonian, White-banded, Balkan, Delattin’s, Eastern Rock and Tree graylings, Great Sooty Satyr, Large Tortoiseshell, Eastern Baton Blue, Lattice Brown. Stay overnight at Prilep.
Today we are returning to Bulgaria and will overnight near the Rila monastery which surroundings we shall explore in the afternoon. Last stay overnight within the tour.
Transfer to Sofia airport for you flight back home. Time permitting we will have few stops on the way.