The best butterfly discovery
of the year actually happened on screen. On
the first day of the New Year I enjoyed recently taken images
of my good friend, Balazs Horvath, when suddenly this picture
jumped-up on his screen. Balazs is not a butterfly person
at all, he took this picture only by chance during a small
hiking tour with his girlfriend to Szarsomlyo Hill, one of
our southernmost reserve, famous about its special thermofil
mediterranean flora and fauna. This is the spot for our only
Whip Snakes, Cirl Buntings... Blue Rock Thrush recorded here
recently, and it is one of the best spot for wintering Wallcreepers.
The hill also the holding some 15 flowers unique to Hungary,
and having some rare insects as well, just like the endemic
winter moths, Polymixis rufocincta isolata, described in 1981
only. So, what is on the picture? This is False Comma, the
only picture ever taken in Hungary, and the first reliable
record for decades. Congratulation for Balazs, indeed!
False Comma (Nymphalis vaualbum) - first piture ever taken
in Hungary. © Balázs Horváth.
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