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Early butterflies of Bulgaria

12 days butterfly tour - Best period:  June  2018


12 day tour starting at the beautiful Bulgaria’s Black sea coast. From the sea we go into the desolate forests of Strandzha nature park and eventually make our way to the stunning Rhodopi mountains – Eastern and Western part – to explore various habitats and altitudes for butterflies. The tour ends back in Burgas.

Day 1: Arrive at Burgas and short transfer to our hotel. Depending on flights we can go for butterflies in the area of the hotel.

Day 2: Today we’ll explore the coast south of Burgas for Dusky Meadow brown, Grecian copper, Eastern baton blue, Lesser and Twin-spot fritillary, Lattice brown and Oriental marbled skipper.

Day 3: We move on to Strandzha mountain, stopping on route for Large chequered skipper, Grecian copper,  Twin spot fritillary, Swallowtail and Scarce swallowtail.

Day 4: Today we’ll explore the woods of Strandzha, looking for Hungarian skipper, Oberthure’s grizzled skipper, Blue argus, Southern white admiral, Large tortoiseshell, Lesser marbled fritillary, Assmann's Fritillary, Cardinal, Eastern rock grayling and Dryad.

Day 5:  Drive to Eastern Rhodopi mountains for three night stay with several stops on the way in Strandzha Nature park, Sakar mountain and Eastern Rhodopi for Eastern bath white, Duke of Burgundy, Purple shot copper, Green and Black vein white and many more.

Day 6: Today will explore Arda valley for Hungarian skipper, Eastern festoon, Small bath white,  Little tiger blue, Southern white admiral, Camberwell beauty, Large tortoiseshell,  Freyer’s purple emperor.

Day 7:  Another day in Arda valley, this time heading to Madzharovo and  Studen kladents reservoir for Kruper’s  small white, Little tiger blue, Eastern festoon, Grecian copper, Eastern baton blue, Niobe fritillary.

Day 8: Drive NW to Western Rhodopi  Mountains  with several stops on the way for Chapman’s blue, Anomalous blue, Chequered blue, Reverdine’s  blue Berger’s clouded yellow, Southern small white, Eastern wood white, Marbled and Knapweed fritillary and others.

Day 9: Today we’ll explore the high Dobrostan plateau for some more mountainous  species – Apolo, sometimes Clouded  Apolo, Balkan copper, Chequered skipper, Osiris blue , Amanda’s blue, Iolas blue,  Blue argus, Turquoise blue, Large blue, False eros blue, Chestnut heat, Mountain small white, Northern wall brown and many others.

Day 10:  Day in Chepelarska river valley exploring different habitats for – Ripart’s anomalous blue, Mountain alcon blue, Zephyr blue, Marsh and Nickerl’s fritillary, Eastern large heath, Camberwell beauty, Purple emperor, Large, Bright-eyed and Woodland ringlet and many others.

Day 11: Drive to Burgas for one night stay with stop at Stara planina to check for Purple emperors and Lesser marbled fritillary, Small, Scarce and Sooty coppers,  Provencal short-tailed blue, Meleager’s blue and others.

Day 12: Departure from Burgas airport.

checkered blue Grecian copper Grecian copper by Dimitar Petrakiev Ashman’s fritillary by Dimitar Petrakiev Kruper’s small white by Dimitar Petrakiev Camberwell beauty by Dimitar Petrakiev Butterfly gallery Little tiger blue by Dimitar Petrakiev Lesser purple emperor by Dimitar Petrakiev Small Bath white by Dimitar Petrakiev Balkan Marbled white by Dimitar Petrakiev Assman's fritillary Kruper's small white Little tiger blue Camberwell beauty