Summary and recommendation: 9-12 days long Hungarian
circle, twitching and photographing butterflies. Moth-trapping
will be arranged every night. Twitching,
photography and exploration are in focus.
enquire, what is the use of butterflies? I reply to adorn
the world and delight the eyes of men: to brighten the countryside
like so many golden jewels. To contemplate their exquisite
beauty and variety is to experience the truest pleasure. To
gaze enquiringly at such elegance of colour and form designed
by the ingenuity of nature and painted by the artist’s
pencil, is to acknowledge and adore the imprint of the art
of God..." (by John Ray)
country: Hungary. Arrive and depart in Budapest.
Due to illegal butterfly-collecting activities, I am not giving
out more specific itinerary for this tour.
- 4-12, June 2022 (Closed)
- 29, June - 07 July, 2022 (Closed)
9 days + extensions.
1099 GBP + 120 GBP single supplement.
Price includes: accommodations and meals (lunch is typically
picnic!), drinking water, vehicle hire with fuel and driver
guide, park entrance fees and ranger guides. The price
exclude: bank transfer loss, international flight, visa,
tips, drinks, personal travel insurance and any other activities
of personal request e.g. laundry, toalet fees, phone calls,
Three-star hotels with all rooms en suite.
Min. 3, max. 6 tour participants.
- False Ringlet pictures, click
- Freyer's Purple Emperor pictures, click
- Iolas Blue pictures, click
- 4 Large Blue pictures, click
- Zephyr Blue pictures,
- Woodland Brown pictures, click
- Poplar Admiral pictures, click
- False Comma pictures, click
- For some other butterflies, click
- For some rare moths, cick
"...Hungary has about 175 butterflies with many superb
species, incl. Hungarian Glider, Southern Festoon, Lesser
Clouded Yellow, Large Blue, Iolas Blue, Zephyr Blue, Large
Copper, Freyer's Purple Emperor, Poplar Admiral, Scarce Fritillary
and many more. On this trip we visit the finest butterfly
habitats of the country and in case of relevant weather our
target list may cover more than 120 species. Dragonflies,
birds, other animals, culture and history will be always in
Top species: European Common Swallowtail, Scarce Swallowtail,
Mountain Small White, Lesser Clouded Yellow, Danube Clouded
Yellow, Berger's Clouded Yellow, Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow,
Hairstreaks, Small Copper, Large Copper, Purple-shot Copper,
Scarce Copper, Sooty Copper, Lesser Fiery Copper, Purple-edged
Copper, Short-tailed Blues, Alcon Blue, Large Blue, Iolas
Blue, Chequered Blue, Zephyr Blue, Geranium Argus, Mountain
Argus, Chapman's Blue, Amanda's Blue, Turquoise Blue, Adonis
Blue, Nettle-tree Butterfly, Purple Emperor, Freyer's Purple
Emperor, Lesser Purple Emperor, White Admiral, Common Glider,
Hungarian Glider, Poplar Admiral, Southern White Admiral,
Camberwell Beauty, Large Tortoiseshell, Cardinal, Pallas's
Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, High Brown Fritillary,
Niobe Fritillary, Marbled Fritillary, Lesser Marbled Fritillary,
Twin-spot Fritillary, Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Small Pearl-bordered
Fritillary, Glanville Fritillary, Knapweed Fritillary, Spotted-
and Lesser Spotted Fritillary, false Heath Fritillary, Scarce
Fritillary, Nickerl's Fritillary, Assmann's Fritillary, Marbled
White, Woodland Grayling, The Hermit, Dryad, Great Banded
Grayling, Woodland Ringlet, Oriental Meadow Brown, Dusky Meadow
Brown, Gatekeeper, Pearly Heath, False Ringlet, Woodland Brown,
Buda Hills, Pilis Hills, Vértes Hills, Bakony Mts., Zala county,
Őrség NP, Danube-Drava NP, Mecsek Hills, Mt. Szarsomlyo, Kiskunsag
Bükk NP., Aggtelek, NP, Nógrád Hills, Mecsek Mts., Szársomlyó
Hills, Danube-Drava NP.
Trip outline 1.
The short Hungarian butterfly-circle.
Arrival. Search for
butterflies around Budapest, upon time.
Visit to the world famous Butterfly-mecca of the late XIX.
century: Peszérpuszta in Kiskunsag NP. Sandy
oak forests and other sandy habitats.
Bakony Mts. Explorations at the dry limestone
and dolomite plateaus of Várpalota, Öskü and Veszprém.
Bakony Mts. Visit to Kab-Hill wet and dry
meadows and the vicinity of Herend. Porcelain museum of Herend.
Visit to the Bakony lowland forests and marshy
meadows of Zala county. To Őrség NP.
Őrség NP. The area is one of the premier
Hungarian butterfly habitat (the others are Bakony Mts. and
Aggtelek NP). Here we will have two days for extensive exploration.
To Budapest, en route stops in Balaton-Upland NP and
Depart or post-extensions.
Budapest sightseeing possible with Danube Bend and Szentendre.
1-3 days upon request.
Northern Hungarian butterfly-circle to Nógrád Hills, Bükk-
and Aggtelek NP. 3-5 days upon request.
Southern Hungarian butterfly-circle to Mecsek Mts., Szársomlyó
Hill and Danube-Drava NP. 3 days.
Yellow dots=Base-trip stations
Wine-red dots=Post-extension 1.
Red dots=Post-extension 2.