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Provence Hairstreak; Cardenillo

Tomares ballus


The male has the upper side brownish. The underside of the forewing is orange with black spots. The hindwing underside is green. The body is very hairy and green.The female has orange upper side with bluff edges and the underside is similar to the male. Wingspan is 20-30 mm


Evergreen oak forest. Dehesa de Valdelatas


Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/125 sec.; f/16; ISO Speed Rating: 200. Focal Length: 90.0 mm. Exposure Bias 0 EV. No flash fired

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arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks Jason

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 6 years ago


arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks triggsturner

triggsturner 6 years ago

Congrats on your SOTW! Fantastic looking butterfly, great spotting.

arlanda 6 years ago

Gracias, José Miguel

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 6 years ago


arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks António, thanks Mark

arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks a lot Daniele, it is a great honor to be the Spotting of the Week.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Stunning little butterfly. Congrats.

Great capture arlanda,just beautiful,congrats on the SOTW and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 6 years ago

Congratulations arlanda, this beautiful little butterfly is our rangers-selected Spotting of the Week!

"This rather striking Provence Hairstreak butterfly (Tomares ballus) is our Spotting of the Week! This small butterfly is found from the South of France through Spain to North Africa, and can be seen flying already early in the year".



arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks James

JamesPriest2 6 years ago

Well done for the nomination. Well deserved

arlanda 6 years ago

Thanks a lot, Ashley. It is a great joy to be nominated for the SOTW

AshleyT 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

arlanda 6 years ago

Yes JamesPriest2, it is a bit shocking such a hairy butterfly

JamesPriest2 6 years ago

Beautiful! You would think it had some type of mould on it at first glance

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Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain

Spotted on Mar 17, 2017
Submitted on Apr 19, 2017

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