June 2014

16th-23rd June 2014
Valais, Switzerland

It is quite common to get a low-lying fog over ponds and lakes in the lowlands of the Rhone valley at dawn, but it is quickly burned off as soon as the sun rises high enough to hit the valley floor.

Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus)

The majority of my time this week was again spent documenting the incredible beauty and diversity of the wildflowers and butterflies in the Valais...

Martagon Lily (Lilium martagon)

Wood Pink (Dianthus sylvatica)

Round-leaved Pennycress (Thlaspi rotundifolium)

Ciliate Rock-jasmine (Androsace chamaejasme)

Common Toadflax (Linaria vulgaris)

Small Yellow Foxglove (Digitalis lutea)

Cowberry (Vaccinium vitus-idaea)

Alpine Milk-vetch (Astragalus alpinus)

Dwarf Alpine Yarrow (Achillea nana)

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Hairless Blue Sow-thistle (Cicerbita plumieri)

Round-leaved Restharrow (Ononis rotundifolia)

Mountain Everlasting (Antennaria dioica)

Apollo (Parnassius apollo)

Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)

Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)

Common Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)

Common Swallowtail (Papilio machaon)

Knapweed Fritillary (Melitaea phoebe)

Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris)

Speckled Yellow is a common, day-flying Geometrid moth.

Speckled Yellow (Pseudopanthera macularia)

Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) caterpillar

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