I promised Fiona at Coombe Mill that I’d have a Spanish theme for a Country Kids post following our trip to my parents last month – well here it is. Monkey is my Spanish Country Kid, enjoying time with Guru Gramps, our resident bug hunter and his Granny.
Monkey’s first bug hunting trip was last November when we visited Spain for Dad’s 70th birthday. It seems strange that my blog wasn’t even born when this photo was taken.
Monkey loved walking in the campo (countryside) with Gramps and his butterfly net. It was at that point I realised that I should spend some quality time with Monkey exploring the natural world around us when we got home.
My parents live about an hour away from Sevilla in Andalucia. They live in a small town surrounded by mountains and olive groves. It’s a wonderful place to explore on a sunny day. You walk out of their little cul-de-sac and turn right and you are in the campo.
My Dad has a permit to collect and record insects on behalf of Sevilla University, his collection will one day be passed to the Oxford University Natural History Museum. He goes out in the campo most days and the week before we visited he would regularly spot 22 different species of butterfly in one walk! Can you imagine doing that here – no chance these days, sadly.
So on one sunny morning off we all set on with my Spanish Country Kid and his Guru Gramps in search of bugs and mini beasts.
Sadly I don’t know the names for most of the bugs and mini-beasts we saw on our walk but Guru Gramps does!
We saw the following butterflies: Large White, Small White, Bath White**, Clouded Yellow*, Long-tailed Blue**, Lang’s Short-tailed Blue***, Painted Lady, Speckled Wood, Wall, North African Common Blue***, Mallow Skipper***, Spanish Grizzled Skipper***.
* frequent migrant to UK
** rare or very rare migrant to UK
*** not found in UK
We also saw the Crimson Speckled Footman**
Other insects seen – Red-veined Darter Dragonfly**, Paper Wasps, German Wasp, Hover-flies, other flies, black Spider-hunting Wasp with dark red abdomen and a few large millipedes.
On the main road we saw several caterpillars of a pyralid moth** (no English name).
We spent a couple of hours out in the campo, seeing a whole host of creatures, enjoying the sunshine, making the most of the vast knowledge of Guru Gramps with my Spanish Country Kid.