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Butterflies of Estonia

Butterflies of Estonia


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An exclusive and unique holiday led by a leading Estonian lepidopterist, featuring a fine selection of butterfly & moth species as Baltic Grayling, Scarce Heath, Scarce Fritillary, Bog Fritillary, Cranberry Blue, Woodland Brown, Large Copper, Poplar Admiral & Northern Chequered Skipper.

Despite its small size and northern position Estonia is a wonderful place to see butterflies and dragonflies.  Because of its history, large parts of the country have remained completely wild, while farming methods in many areas are not intensive, resulting in a mosaic of excellent habitats such as numerous flowery meadows, natural forests and massive bog areas.  As a result we have many insect species which are rare elsewhere in Europe, such as Clouded Apollo (Parnassius mnemosyne), Moorland Clouded Yellow (Colias palaeno), Large Copper (Lucaena dispar), Siberian Winter Damsel (Sympecma paedisca) and Lilypad Whiteface (Leucorrhinia caudalis).

There is a large overlap of southern and northern species here.  Many species with a more northern distribution reach the southern part of their range including butterflies such as Baltic Grayling (Oeneis jutta), Lapland Ringlet (Erebia embla) and Northern Chequered Skipper (Carterocephal silvicolus) plus dragonflies like Bog Hawker (Aeshna subarctica) and Arctic Bluet (Coenagrion johanssoni).  Weaver’s Fritillary (Clossiana dia), Woodland Brown (Lopinga achine) and many other species reach their furthest north, particularly where limstone reaches the surface.  For other species this is the centre of their distribution in Europe including several of the delightful ’Whiteface’ dragonflies such as Ruby, Yellow-spotted and Dark Whitefaces (Leucorrhinia rubicunda, L. pectoralis and L. albifrons) as well as the coastal Baltic Hawker (Aeshan serrata) and butterflies such as Cranberry Blue (Plebejus optilete) Bog Fritillary (Proclossiana eunomia) and Cranberry Fritillary (Boloria aquilonaris).


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