Papilio machaon

Ukraine, Crimea, Yalta municipality, Ai-Petri yayla, 1100-1200 m.

Mostly sunny.

  1. Iphiclides podalirius. At least one.

  2. Pieris brassicae. Common.

  3. Pieris napi. Common.

  4. Colias crocea. One.

  5. Satyrium spini. One.

  6. Cupido osiris. One.

  7. Plebejus idas. Very common.

  8. Plebejus argus. Several.

  9. Polyommatus icarus. At least one.

  10. Agrodiaetus pljushtchi. Extremely local, found on very steep slopes. Seen less than 10 butterflies, all but one were males.

  11. Meleageria daphnis. Two.

  12. Argynnis paphia. One.

  13. Issoria lathonia. Common.

  14. Brenthis hecate. Very common.

  15. Vanessa atalanta. One.

  16. Vanessa cardui. Very common.

  17. Inachis io. One.

  18. Aglais urticae. Two.

  19. Nymphalis polychloros. One.

  20. Mellicta aurelia. Two, reported by Sergiy Trotsenko.

  21. Coenonympha glycerion. Very common.

  22. Hipparchia pellucida. Several.

  23. Pseudochasara euxina. Common.


Many thanks to Alexandr Kovalchuk, Vladimir Savchuk and Rostislav Gerasimov for the useful information about the butterflies of Ai-Petri, and also to Valeriy, our host.
Papilio machaon

Ukraine, Crimea: Sudak municip., Grushevka, Kholodovka; Belogorsk distr., Kurskoe. Bor-Kaya range

A chalk and limestone mountain with oak forest on top and steppe on southern slopes. Meadows in a river valley.


  1. Papilio machaon. Two.

  2. Iphiclides podalirius. Common.

  3. Leptidea sinapis/reali. Common to very common.

  4. Aporia crataegi. Common near the river.

  5. Pieris rapae. Common.

  6. Pieris napi. Very common.

  7. Pontia edusa. Several.

  8. Colias crocea. Common.

  9. Colias hyale. Common.

  10. Lycaena phlaeas. Several.

  11. Lycaena thersamon. One female hit by a car.

  12. Satyrium spini. Common.

  13. Satyrium acaciae. Common near the river.

  14. Cupido minimus. One.

  15. Cupido osiris. Several.

  16. Everes alcetas. Locally common near the river.

  17. Celastrina argiolus. Common.

  18. Pseudophilotes vicrama. Three.

  19. Maculinea arion. Two.

  20. Plebejus argus. Common.

  21. Aricia agestis. Abundant.

  22. Plebicula thersites. Common on top.

  23. Polyommatus icarus. Very common.

  24. Agrodiaetus ripartii. Locally common.

  25. Meleageria daphnis. Three males.

  26. Lysandra bellargus. Two males.

  27. Argynnis paphia. Very common.

  28. Argynnis pandora. Very common.

  29. Argynnis adippe. Three.

  30. Issoria lathonia. Common.

  31. Vanessa cardui. Very common.

  32. Polygonia c-album. One, observed by Sergiy Trotsenko near the river.

  33. Mellicta aurelia. Three, observed by Sergiy Trotsenko.

  34. Coenonympha pamphilus. Rare.

  35. Maniola jurtina. Common.

  36. Melanargia galathea. Abundant.

  37. Satyrus ferula. Common on top.

  38. Hipparchia fagi. Several butterflies in a sparse forest.

  39. Hipparchia pellucida. Several.

  40. Brintesia circe. Common.


Also Erynnis tages, Carcharodus sp., Pyrgus sp., Thymelicus sp., Ochlodes sylvanus.

Thanks to Sergiy Tsykal and Sergiy Trotsenko.
Papilio machaon

Ukraine, Crimea: Sudak municip., Echki-Dag, 300-500 m; Theodosia municip., Shchebetovka, 100-300 m

Hot and sunny.

  1. Papilio machaon. Two or three, observed by Sergiy Trotsenko.

  2. Iphiclides podalirius. Common.

  3. Leptidea sinapis/reali. Common to very common.

  4. Pieris brassicae. Two.

  5. Pieris rapae. Common.

  6. Pieris napi. Common.

  7. Pontia edusa. Two, observed by Sergiy Trotsenko.

  8. Colias crocea. Common.

  9. Colias hyale. About five.

  10. Lycaena phlaeas. Several.

  11. Satyrium acaciae. One, observed by Sergiy Trotsenko.

  12. Satyrium spini. One female.

  13. Cupido osiris. One female.

  14. Plebejus argus. One worn male.

  15. Aricia agestis. Abundant.

  16. Plebicula thersites. Two males.

  17. Polyommatus icarus. Common.

  18. Agrodiaetus damocles krymaeus. Locally common.

  19. Meleageria daphnis. Very common.

  20. Libythea celtis. One, observed by Sergiy Tsykal.

  21. Argynnis paphia. Very common, local.

  22. Argynnis pandora. Common.

  23. Argynnis adippe. One.

  24. Issoria lathonia. Several.

  25. Brenthis hecate. Three.

  26. Vanessa cardui. Very common.

  27. Lasiommata megera. Two.

  28. Maniola jurtina. Common.

  29. Melanargia galathea. Very common to abundant.

  30. Satyrus ferula. Very common in the stony steppe.

  31. Hipparchia fagi. Locally common.

  32. Hipparchia pellucida. Common to very common.

  33. Brinthesia circe. Abundant.

  34. Chasara persephone. Locally common.



Thanks to Sergiy Trotsenko and Sergiy Tsykal.
Papilio machaon

Ukraine, Crimea, Theodosia municipality, Krasnokamenka village, Sandyk-Kaya range. 200-700 m

Juniper scrub, dry mountain steppe, oak forest.

  1. Papilio machaon. Several.

  2. Iphiclides podalirius. One, observed by Sergiy Trotsenko.

  3. Leptidea sinapis/reali. Common to very common.

  4. Pieris brassicae. One male.

  5. Pieris napi. Common to very common.

  6. Pontia edusa. One.

  7. Colias crocea. Common.

  8. Satyrium spini. Common.

  9. Cupido minimus. One or two.

  10. Aricia agestis. Abundant.

  11. Polyommatus icarus. Common.

  12. Agrodiaetus damocles krymaeus. One.

  13. Meleageria daphnis. Very common.

  14. Argynnis paphia. Locally common.

  15. Argynnis pandora. Common.

  16. Argynnis adippe. One.

  17. Issoria lathonia. One.

  18. Brenthis hecate. Very common, local.

  19. Vanessa atalanta. One, observed by Sergiy Trotsenko.

  20. Vanessa cardui. Very common.

  21. Nymphalis poychloros. One.

  22. Pararge aegeria. One.

  23. Lasiommata megera. Several.

  24. Aphantopus hyperantus. One, observed by Sergiy Trotsenko.

  25. Maniola jurtina. Locally common.

  26. Melanargia galathea. Very common to abundant.

  27. Satyrus ferula. Very common in the mountain steppe.

  28. Hipparchia pellucida. Common.

  29. Brintesia circe. Abundant.


Thanks to Sergiy Trotsenko.
Papilio machaon

Ukraine, Chernihiv region, Kulykivka district, Budyshche village

9.30-14.00. Sunny, 25-30 degrees Celsius.

  1. Papilio machaon. Two.

  2. Leptidea sinapis/reali. Common to very common.

  3. Pieris rapae. Common.

  4. Pieris napi. Common.

  5. Pontia edusa. One.

  6. Gonepteryx rhamni. Several males.

  7. Lycaena alciphron. One male.

  8. Everes argiades. Several males.

  9. Celastrina argiolus. Common to very common.

  10. Plebejus argus. Very common, mostly worn.

  11. Plebejus argyrognomon/idas. Two.

  12. Plebicula amanda. Locally common, worn.

  13. Polyommatus icarus. Very common to abundant.

  14. Meleageria daphnis. Several males.

  15. Argynnis aglaja. Locally common.

  16. Issoria lathonia. Several.

  17. Clossiana dia. Two.

  18. Vanessa atalanta. One.

  19. Vanessa cardui. Common.

  20. Polygonia c-album. Very common on forest paths.

  21. Araschnia levana. Common.

  22. Melitaea cinxia. Two worn butterflies.

  23. Melitaea diamina. Three.

  24. Mellicta aurelia/britomartis. One or two.

  25. Mellicta athalia. Locally common.

  26. Apatura ilia. Abundant on forest paths, drinking water at paddles.

  27. Coenonympha arcania. Two.

  28. Coenonympha pamphilus. Common.

  29. Aphantopus hyperantus. Several fresh butterflies.

  30. Maniola jurtina. Abundant.


Also several Callimorpha dominula in the forest.
Papilio machaon

Ukraine, Chernihiv region, Nosivka district, Chervoni Partyzany village

12.00-14.00. Sunny, 27-30 degrees Celsius.


  1. Pieris rapae. Common.

  2. Pieris napi. Common.

  3. Lycaena dispar. Two males, one female.

  4. Lycaena alciphron. One female.

  5. Everes decoloratus. Two or three, worn.

  6. Plebejus argus. Common, mostly males.

  7. Eumedonia eumedon. One worn butterfly.

  8. Plebicula amanda. Common, many were worn.

  9. Polyommatus icarus. Common to very common.

  10. Argynnis aglaja. Two.

  11. Brenthis ino. Locally common, worn.

  12. Vanessa cardui. Very common.

  13. Melitaea diamina. Very common.

  14. Mellicta athalia. Vey common.

  15. Mellicta aurelia/britomartis. One.

  16. Coenonympha pamphilus. Common.

  17. Coenonympha arcania. One.

  18. Maniola jurtina. Males were common, no females.

Papilio machaon

Ukraine, Chernihiv region, Pryluky district, Mala Divytsya and Zaudayka villages

Edges of an oak forest and meadows in the Uday valley.

11.40-14.40. Mostly cloudy, 17-20 degrees Celsius.


  1. Lycaena dispar. One worn male.

  2. Lycaena alciphron. One worn female.

  3. Satyrium pruni. One worn butterfly on a forest path.

  4. Plebejus argus. Common to abundant.

  5. Plebejus argyrognomon. Several.

  6. Eumedonia eumedon. Common in damp meadows.

  7. Aricia allous. One worn butterfly.

  8. Plebicula amanda. Males were very common. Only two females.

  9. Polyommatus icarus. Several males.

  10. Brenthis ino. Two.

  11. Vanessa cardui. Common to very common.

  12. Melitaea didyma. One worn male.

  13. Melitaea diamina. Several worn butterflies.

  14. Mellicta aurelia/britomartis. Very common.

  15. Melitaea athalia. Common to very common.

  16. Clossiana dia. One worn female.

  17. Coenonympha arcania. Two.

  18. Coenonympha pamphilus.Common to very common.

  19. Maniola jurtina. One male.

Papilio machaon

Ukraine, Chernihiv region, Nizhyn town.

Mostly sunny.


  1. Pieris brassicae. Several.

  2. Pieris napi. Several.

  3. (?) Colias hyale. One.

  4. Everes decoloratus. Very common, worn.

  5. Aricia allous. One worn male.

  6. Cyaniris semiargus. One male, one female, both worn.

  7. Plebicula amanda. One worn male, one fresh female.

  8. Polyommatus icarus. Males common, no females.

  9. Vanessa cardui. Very common.

  10. Aglais urticae. One fresh butterfly.

  11. Lasiommata maera. One.

  12. Coenonympha pamphilus. Very common, fresh.