Cacyreus marshalli   Geranium Bronze

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As the climate gets warmer some European butterflies are beginning to move north and this one was first seen in Britain in 1997 - the first new sighting for 80 years.

In Spain they were plentiful even in March and at first I thought they must be a day flying moth -until one settled very briefly. In Italy in September again they were plentiful sometimes on Perlagonium but mostly on Erigeron karvinskianus (Mexican Fleabane)

LHS: Perlagonium nr Cortijo Valverde, Andalucia, Spain 29th March RHS Argegno, Italy 17th Sept 2008

Added on 25th June 2008, updated 24th September 2008

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