Saturday, 26 September 2015

Petaloudes: The Valley Of Butterflies

image credit: Anita

The Valley of Butterflies, also known as Petaloudes Valley, is located on the western side of the Greek island of Rhodes. The valley is home to thousands of butterflies of the Rhodes subspecies of the Jersey Tiger Moth, who make their annual appearance after the rainy season, towards the end of May, covering the entire landscape in a thick but delicate blanket.

As the dry season approaches, the butterflies migrate, travelling at night in search of humidity, following the water course, and end up in the valley. Once they reach their destination, they settle lightly on the trunks of trees and rocks and whatever surface is available, in great numbers.

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