The Butterflies of Languedoc-Roussillon

Five départements comprise Languedoc-Roussillon, namely Pyrenées Orientales, Aude, Hérault, Gard and Lozère.


From Mark Ogden with Naturetrek in the Cevennes. 15-22 June 2003

The holiday was centred near Florac, and the sites visited were  Mont Lozere ( Col de Finiels ), Gorges de la Jonte, du Tarn, & de la Dourbie, Mont Aigoual, and (the pick of them all ) Causses Noir & Mejean. Roadsides and roadside meadows anywhere on these Causses provide the most diverse and numerous sightings.


1. Swallowtail Papilio machaon
2. Scarce Swallowtail Iphiclides podalirius
3. Black-veined White Aporia crataegi
4. Large White Pieris brassicae
5. Small White Artogeia (Pieris) rapae
6. Southern Small White Artogeia (Pieris) mannii
7. Green-veined White Artogeia (Pieris) napi
8. Dappled White Euchloe ausonia
9. Orange-Tip Anthocaris cardamines
10. Mountain Clouded Yellow Colias phicomone
11. Clouded Yellow Colias crocea
12. Pale Clouded Yellow Colias hyale
13. Berger's Clouded Yellow Colias australis
14. Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni
15. Cleopatra Gonepteryx cleopatra
16. Wood White Leptidea sinapis
17. Eastern Wood White Leptidea duponcheli
18. Sloe Hairstreak Nordmannia acaciae
19. Ilex Hairstreak Nordmannia ilicis
20. Blue-spot Hairstreak Strymonidia spini
21. Green Hairstreak Callophrys rubi
22. Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas
23. Sooty Copper Lycaena tityrus
24. Scarce Copper Heodes virgaureae
25. Purple-shot Copper Heodes alciphron
26. Purple-edged Copper Pal.hippothoe
27. Long-tailed Blue Lampides boeticus
28. Short-tailed Blue Everes argiades
29. Little Blue Cupido minimus
30. Osiris Blue Cupido osiris
31. Holly Blue Celastrinas argiolus
32. Mountain Alcon Blue Maculinea zelebi
33. Large Blue Maculinea arion
34. Baton Blue Pseudophilotes baton
35. Silver-studded Blue Plebejus argus
36. Brown Argus Aricia agestis
37. Mazarine Blue Cyaniris semiargus
38. Turquoise Blue Plebicula dorylas
39. Adonis Blue Lysandra bellargus
40. Common Blue Polyommatus icarus
41. Lesser Purple Emperor Apatura ilia
42. Southern White Admiral Limentis reducta
43. Large Tortoiseshell Nymphalis polychloros
44. Camberwell Beauty Nymphalis antiopa
45. Peacock Inachis io
46. Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
47. Painted Lady Cynthia cardui
48. Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
49. Comma Polygonia c-album
50. Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia
51. Dark Green Fritillary Mesoacidalia (Argyrinnis) aglaia
52. High Brown Fritillary Fabriciana (Argyrinnis) adippe
53. Niobe Fritillary Fabriciana (Argyrinnis) niobe
54. Queen of Spain Fritillary Issoria lathonia
55. Marbled Fritillary Brenthis daphne
56. Lesser Marbled Fritillary Brenthis ino
57. Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Clossiana selene
58. Titania's Fritillary Clossiana titania
59. Pearl-bordered Fritillary Clossiana euphrosyne
60. Weaver's Fritillary Clossiana dia
61. Glanville Fritillary Melitaea cinxia
62. Knapweed Fritillary Melitaea phoebe
63. Spotted Fritillary Melitaea didyma
64. False Heath Fritillary Melitaea diamina
65. Heath Fritillary Mellicta athalia
66. Provencal Fritillary Mellicta deione
67. Meadow Fritillary Mellicta parthenoides
68. Marsh Fritillary Eurodryas aurinia
69. Marbled White Melanargia galathea
70. Esper's Marbled White Melanargia russiae
71. Rock Grayling Hipparchia alcyone
72. Common Grayling Hipparchia semele
73. Black Satyr Satyrus actaea
74. Great Sooty Satyr Satyrus ferula
75. Great Banded Grayling Brintesia circe
76. Lesser Mountain Ringlet Erebia melampus
77. Bright-eyed Ringlet Erebia Oeme
78. Piedmont Ringlet Erebia meolans
79. Meadow Brown Maniola jurina
80. Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus
81. Spanish Gatekeeper Pyronia bathseba
82. Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus
83. Dusky Heath Coenonympha dorus
84. Pearly Heath Coenonympha arcania
85. Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria
86. Wall Brown Lasiommata megera
87. Large Wall Brown Lasiommata maera
88. Northern Wall Brown Lasiommata petropolitana
89. Large Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus alveus
90. Oberthur's Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus armoricanus
91. Olive Skipper Pyrgus serratulae
92. Carline Skipper Pyrgus carlinae
93. Rosy Grizzled Skipper Pyrgus onopordi
94. Safflower Skipper Pyrgus carthami
95. Red-underwing Skipper Spialia sertorius
96. Sage Skipper Syrichtus proto
97. Mallow Skipper Carcharodus alceae
98. Marbled Skipper Carcharodus lavatherae
99. Dingy Skipper Erynnis tages
100. Lulworth Skipper Thymelicus acteon
101. Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola
102. Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris
103. Large Skipper Ochlodes venatus

Rather an impressive haul I think!

Cirque de Navacelles

A number of the species named above can be found here, in addition Morocco orange tip and Map can be found.


Species such as Bath white, Morocco orange tip, Cleopatra, Ilex and Brown hairstreak, Provence short-tailed blue, Baton and Idas blue, Woodland and Tree grayling.

Grand Causses


Down the A75 autoroute, over the fantastic new Millau viaduct and off at junction 48 onto the Causse du Larzac, and north and east from there.


Scarce Swallowtail, Southern White Admiral, Pearly Heath, Black veined White, Marbled White,High Brown Fritillary, Gt. Banded Grayling,Silver Washed Fritillary, Ilex Hairstreak, Purple Emperor, and many more.




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