a special request we did a small private "Moth-tour"
to Slovenia in search of one of the gem
of the Slovenian fauna, Perisomena
caecigena. This large and rare species occurs
in warm mediterranea oak-forests, and being extremely local.
This species was first discovered by Rau, an imperial officer
from the nearby Fijume (Rijeka), Croatia in 1815, and its
scientific author, Kupido was so overwhealmed with its beauty,
that he dedicated a full book for its description.
I first discovered the species for myself in 1993, and since
than I am visiting those spots on regular basis. Now this
short weekend-tour resulted 1 specimen at the first night
and 6 on the second. Apart from this gorgeous moth we also
had a long list of other rarities, like Ennomos quercaria,
Dryobotodes protea, D. monochroma, Dichonia aeruginosa,
D. aprilina, Trigonophora flammea, and many others.
Unfortunatelly we had no luck with another extreme rarity,
Gortyna puengelerii, what I have seen here about
a decade ago. During the daytime we had some time to drive
to and look the spectacular yacht-show of Trieste, where
we also enjoyed some great coffe in front of the recently
re-opened Hotel Savoy, a historical place for many famous
world-traveler of the "belle epoc". This is where
they usually started their journey to Africa and further,
aboard on some cruisers of the Lloyd Triestino. This is
such historical like many famous hotels of Egypt, incl.
Hotel Cataract of Assuan, the H. Winter Palace of Luxor,
or the Mena House near the Pyramids.
We also had some great birding en route, which produced
Eagle Owl, Blue Rock Trush, Rock Partridge and
one Griffon Vulture, supposedly from the not too
far Cres islands of Croatia.
(17, October, 2009)
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