The Butterflies of the Algarve region of Portugal

During our past regular holidays in the Algarve staying at COAA (Centre for Observational Astronomy in the Algarve) we kept a look out for what butterflies we could see. In  2002 we spotted 17 different types with at least a couple of other possible's that were only glimpsed briefly! During our 2005 trip we spotted at least 30 different Butterflies with many new ones we had never seen before and in some cases we managed to take better pictures of some of those poorly imaged during our previous visits. In total we have now seen and identified 36 Algarve Butterflies with one not clearly identified but reasonably confident. Our April 2007 visit we saw several of the 'regulars' and added a new one - the Green Hairstreak Butterfly so that now makes around 38 butterflies we’ve seen in the Algarve.


We hope you enjoy viewing them and maybe look out for some or all of them if you visit the Algarve.

Papiliondae Family

(Swallowtail Family)

Swallowtail

Papilio machaon

Scarce Swallowtail

Iphiclides podaliriu

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Nymphalidae Family

(Fritillary Family)

Marsh Fritillary

Euphydryas aurinia

Two-tailed Pasha

Charaxes jasius

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Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui

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Satyridae Family

(Brown Family)

Spanish Meadow Brown Butterfly (M and F)

Maniola jurtina hispulla

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Southern Gate Keeper Butterfly

Pyronia cecilia

(Only males spotted and photographed)

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Spanish Gate Keeper Butterfly

Pyronia bathsheba

Clearly seen and identified but it wouldn't stay still long enough to get a photo :-(


Speckled Wood Butterfly (South European)

Pararge aegeria aegeria

Spanish Marbled White

Melanargia ines

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Wall Brown

Lasiommata megera

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Pieridae Family

(White Family)

Large White Butterfly (Male & Female)

Pieris Brassicae

Small White Butterfly (Male & Female)

Artogeia rapae

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Only female photographed

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Green Veined White

Artogeia napi

Clearly identified but no pictures taken as it didn't stay still long enough!!


Brimstone Butterfly (Male & Female)

Gonepteryx rhamni

Cleopatra Butterfly (Male & Female)

Gonepteryx cleopatra

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Only male photographed

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Berger's Clouded Yellow (Male)

Colias alfacariensis

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Clouded Yellow (male and female)

Colias crocea

Clouded Yellow (Helice)

Colias crocea helice

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Green Striped White

Euchloe belemia

Western Dappled White

Euchloe crameri

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Hesperiidae Family

(Skipper Family)

Small Skipper Butterfly

  Thymelicus sylvestris

Essex Skipper Butterfly

Thymelicus lineola

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Lulworth Skipper

 Thymelicus acteon

False Mallow Skipper

Carcharodus tripolinus

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Lycaenidae Family

(Blue Family)

Common Blue Butterfly (M and F)

Polyommatus icarus

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Male

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Holly Blue (Male)

Celastrina argiolus

Adonis Blue (Male)

Lysandra bellargus

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Spanish or Southern Brown Argus Butterfly

Aricia agestis cramera

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Small Copper Butterfly

  Lycaena phlaeus

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Lang's Short-tailed Blue

Leptotes pirithous

Long-tailed Blue

Lampides boeticus

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False Baton Blue

Pseudophilotes abencerragus

Black-eyed Blue?

Glaucopsyche melanops

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Geranium Bronze

Cacyreus marshalli

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Blue Spot Hairstreak

Satyrium spini

Green Hairstreak

Callophrys rubi

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False Ilex Hairstreak

Satyrium esculi

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