Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Armenia part IX

Day 13: Vardashat

I traveled to Lusashogh in order to find Colias chlorocoma. Unfortunately soon after I arrived I noticed that there wasn't good habitat in the neighbourhood for this species. I was hoping to find the larval foodplant, Onobrychis cornuta, at a lower altitude than near Gnishik but near Lusashogh there seemed to be lots of grazing activities from cows, sheep and horses so it took me to late afternoon until I found some good amounts of Onobrychis cornuta near Vardashat but then it started to get cloudy so I moved on to lower elevations near Areni.

overgrazed meadows near Lusashogh



Near Vardashat

Muschampia tessellum
or intergrade with Muschampia nomas



Lycaena ochimus


Lycaena alciphron

Euphydryas aurinia

Chazara persephone

 Black-headed bunting, one of the most common bird species in june in Armenia

Provisional species list
 Erynnis tages
 Pyrgus sidae
 Ochlodes sylvanus
 Muschampia tessellum
 Parnassius mnemosyne
 Iphiclides podalirius
 Papilio alexanor
 Leptidea duponcheli
 Aporia crataegi
 Pieris ergane
 Pontia edusa
 Colias croceus
 Colias alfacariensis
 Lycaena phlaeas
 Lycaena alciphron
 Lampides boeticus
 Cupido minimus
 Glaucopsyche alexis
 Pseudophilotes vicrama
 Polyommatus amandus
 Polyommatus icarus
 Polyommatus bellargus
 Callophrys paulae
 Lycaena ochimus
 Lycaena thersamon
 Argynnis pandora
 Issoria lathonia
 Euphydryas aurinia
 Melitaea cinxia
 Vanessa cardui
 Aglais urticae
 Nymphalis xanthomelas
 Lasiommata megera
 Coenonympha pamphilus
 Coenonympha leander
 Erebia medusa
 Melanargia russiae
 Chazara briseis
 Chazara persephone




Near Areni

Satyrium hyrcanicum

Melanargia larissa

Provisional species list
 Spialia orbifer
 Eogenes alcides
 Papilio machaon
 Aporia crataegi
 Pieris rapae
 Pontia edusa
 Colias croceus
 Lycaena phlaeas
 Aricia agestis
 Polyommatus icarus
 Satyrium hyrcanicum
 Vanessa atalanta
 Melanargia larissa
 Chazara briseis
 Chazara persephone
 Pseudochazara mamurra










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