Friday, 23 May 2014

Above Lake Garda on Day 3.

On our third day at Garda we decided to take a stroll northwards away from the town, initially following the shoreline of the lake, and then climbing quite steeply up the Via Castel towards the summit of a hill that hopefully would provide some different views.

A view of the exclusive hotel on the wooded peninsular at Punta SanVigilio.

About two thirds of the way to the summit we stopped for a welcome rest and listened to the beautiful song of a Nightingale hidden away in the verdant, dense vegetation while Hooded Crows and a Raven flew high overhead. 

We spotted what we thought were small yellow butterflies and eventually we caught up with one with its wings open only to the realise that it was a day flying moth, a Speckled Yellow (Pseudopanthera macularia) that frequents open woodland.

The next quarry for the lens was a Wall [Brown] (Lasiommata megera) sunning itself. This is a species that is no longer found in my home county. Other species seen were a White and a Speckled Wood.

Finally from the summit a view across the lake towards the distant north-western shore and then it was time to make the long descent back to civilisation and another delicious evening meal at our hotel.


  1. Frank this must have been a wonderful trip and you have captured great shots of both scenery and butterflies

  2. Another 'gentle' walk Frank!....and worth it for seeing the moths and butterflies, and those stunning views...[;o)

  3. Brilliant of the Italian scenery, and the butterflies, fantastic.

  4. Then Wall Brown was a nice capture Frank. I photographed what I thought was a Wall in Tuscany once and it turned out to be the Large Wall. I never see the Wall in my current area either. I have often found it on Maiden Castle (the Hill fort site near Dorchester) always a good place to find it so if you ever down that way. Marbled Whites as well.

  5. The view of the hotel is so beautiful! Your shots of the butterflies and mountain views are also spectacular. Great job!


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