The sheltered sections of the river valleys were full of wild flowers and the superb sunny weather had brought out lots of butterflies.
Similar to the Cleopatra but smaller and lacking the orange wing patches, the Brimstone was also flying today. In fact this is the perfect habitat for this species which loves open, sunny slopes, either grassy or rocky, and the presence of water is perfect.
Martin also was a study in blue and he made a good picture sitting in the doorway of an abandoned cortigo enjoying a ciggie.
A thoroughly enjoyable walk on which I picked up at least twelve species of butterfly including:-
Spanish Festoon, Spanish Gatekeeper, Small White, Iberian Marbled White, Common Blue, Swallowtail, Cleopatra, Brimstone, Clouded Yellow, Small Copper, Painted lady and Red Admiral.