Valley of the Butterflies

In my last post I promised a little more detail on the butterflies that were all over the trees in this valley. Well here we are, better late than never…

We visited a place called Petaloudes in Rhodes & here we found this fantastic site that is literally a valley full of butterflies. I have added the link to the sites official website in case you want more information. Click here to view.
It is amazing, there must be millions of these little things swarming the entire valley. Between June & September they settle all over the foliage & when they fly they show their wonderful red wings. You are asked to be quiet so as not to disturb them hence the image that the trees are literally alive. I took loads of pictures & have added them as a gallery tonight instead of the usual one at a time method.

These butterflies are officially called PANAXIA QUADRIPUNCTARIA. They start life in many different places on the island but they appear to have some inbuilt that tells them to come to this place to rest before leaving in mid september to lay eggs for the next year & start the cycle again.

The area is beautiful, a stunning valley that is well worth visiting. Take a look at the photos to see what I mean. There also lizards, although I only saw one. I also captured a few shots of fresh water crabs which I didn’t know existed. I hope you enjoy.


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    • Timing is everything as I understand it. June to August to see the butterflies in this way & then in September they fly away to lay their eggs. It was a beautiful place to visit. At 40 plus degrees it was also not the best of days to be climbing through a forest!!

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