Monarchs in the Portuguese Algarve

Published: 09 June 2016

Late news from David Keen, your Old Bug Hunter - If any of you are going to the Portuguese Algarve for your summer holiday this year, keep a watch out for the Monarch Butterfly.

I was there for the first week of June and saw lots and lots of them in many places in and around the city of Silves and in the valley of the River Arade to the east of Silves. They particularly enjoyed visiting the flowers of the lantana hedges popular in this part of Portugal. I think they came from a colony which has been established in fields of cotton to the west of this city for some years.

If you see any Monarchs, please write in to the AES and let us know where and when. I hope you see as many as I did.

David Keen

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