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Articles on moths found in and around the Picos de Europa.







Spring Butterflies & Moths Saturnia-pyri-S-pavoniaWeekend
The perfect season for an outstanding assemblage of Lepidoptera in the Picos de Europa.
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11th - 16th May 2017

Moon Moths and Monkey Orchids
Spanish Moon MothActias isabellae
A tour to Navarra for fabulous Spanish Moon Moths, many unusual spring butterflies & a plethora of orchids. Macro-photography opportunties galore!
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22nd - 28th May 2017

Death's-head hawk moth

Family - Sphingidae
Genus - Acherontia
Species - A. atropos
Spanish names - Esfinge de la muerte/calavera

With a maximum wingspan of 135mm the Death's head Hawkmoth, Acherontia atropos, is one of the largest European moths, second only in size to the Giant peacock moth.

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Giant peacock moth

Family - Saturniidae

Genus - Saturnia

Species - S. pyri

Spanish name - el Gran Pavón

The Giant peacock moth, Saturnia pyri, is the largest moth flying in the Picos, Spain and Europe. Its wingspan width can reach 150mm, leading some to mistake it for a small bird.

Read more: Giant peacock moth

Flora and Fauna of the Picos de Europa
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Over the past 25 years, Teresa Farino has compiled a report (more than 100 A4 pages) that includes lists of all the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, grasshoppers & crickets and vascular plants ever recorded the Picos de Europa, plus summaries of each of these groups and an eight-page introduction to the natural history of these mountains. If you would like to purchase a copy, the price is 17.50€, excluding postage and packaging; alternatively, a copyrighted PDF document sent by email costs 11.50€. Click on the image to contact Teresa for further details or to place your order.


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