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Danube Clouded Yellow rush to Transylvania. 36 hours drive for a 10 hours fieldwork is not the best deal you can do, but we had no choice, as it was the last chance with good weather to see DCY before starting the busy autumn season. Also we had to take home our good friend, Zoli, who was located to the major DCY spot of Romania for some scientific research. There was 20 spots he monitored every second day, 20 minutes at each spot, and at the days between he was following well-established transects to figure out the local movements of the species. He tried to catch and mark every single specimen he can, which yielded a fantastic 391 specimens total, means the population is certainly over a 1000. The best daily catch was actually 90. There will be tonns of useful information coming-up from his records, GPS and diaries, and next year we have a similar plan with the species and Zoli... discover new sites, based on satellite maps and GIS.

The day also resulted fantastic other observations, incl. 80+ (eighty plus, yes!!!) Camberwell Beauty, Feston's Wood White (yes! :)), some very old Pallas's, and an unusually late Titania's Fritillary as well. The spot also inhabitated with Osiris and Geranium Blues, Marsh Fritillary... Large Blue also common, and there is a good place for Wallcreepers nearby as well, not to mention the number of Brown Bears in the area.

On the way home we wanted to check two other habitats where DCY showed-up in good numbers this year, but unfortunatelly we have got a serious torrential rain. Fantastic day, fantastic experience... Transylvania is always was and will be the middle of my heart, visited this year at least 5 occasions during my tours, but never ever would be enough!

(31, August, 2010)




After 18 hours drive in one sitting, we find ourselves in the middle of DCY heaven. This is one of the most wanted species of Romania, on the brink of extinction. I am the unlucky one who had seen the last specimens of Hungary in 2001... so it always a very touching encounter for me.


Our good friend, Zoli stayed on the spot for two months. Here using his last opportunity to get further specimens for a capture-recapture project, before we take him home to Hungary.


Wow... What a gorgeous fresh specimen...


Writing the wings...


Number 380 is ready to fly...


... and taking some rest before flying away with his new records.


"Number 94", the very oldest specimen recaptured, was at least 22 old on this weekend.


A nice fresh CDY with the fingerprints of Zoli. The number is on the other side.


We were incredibly lucky two see the white variation of CDY, called "f. alba". I have seen two collection specimens in my whole life, but known to be occur here by local specialists, especially during the autumn.


The gloriously beautiful Titania's fritillary is another good species of the area.


We also have got some incredibly rare plants during this short hours of fieldwork, this is called Ranunculus penicillatus and occurs at probably 1-2 places in Romania.


We photographed this extremely rare and endemic water snail on the way home near Oradea, which is actually its only known location, called Melanopsis parreyssi.


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