October 2017: Report from Simonon Spencer - In June, the Butterfly Conservation’s European Interests Group carried out a survey of Mount Taygetos for the very rare Odd Spot Blue (Turanana taygetica) butterfly. The group did find the Odd spot Blue on Taygetos and also later on Chelmos. However, they are very threatened and in very small areas of very special habitat, and there are problems with collectors on Chelmos. These tiny sites are the only places in Europe where the Odd spot Blue occurs. The group saw some great butterflies, and Simon has written a full report for the group's newsletter. This will not be available on the website but emailed to members of the conservation group, next month. If anyone wants to know more about the Taygetos Survey, or the conservation group, please email Simon at
Last year, we published the outline plans for this conservation project. Now Simon has sent us details. Anyone interested in helping in June, would be very welcome.
April 2017: Message from Simon Spencer :-
Butterfly Conservation’s European Interests Group (EIG) (www.bc-eig.org.uk ) are planning a big project in Greece in 2017 in conjunction with Lazaros Pamperis author of the Butterflies of Greece. He has worked with us on several projects most recently in the Tsoumerka National Park. We want to build on our work there by visiting several National Parks and seeing if we can encourage National Park staff and volunteers to monitor and record butterflies. We will be surveying Mount Taygetos for the very rare Odd Spot Blue (Turanana taygetica) butterfly between 24th and 29th of June 2017 based initially at Gythion and then Mystras. This butterfly is a Peloponnese endemic that feeds as a larva on Acantholimon androsaceum cushions at high altitude. We surveyed for it on Mount Chelmos in the north Peloponnese a few years ago.
I would very much like to hear from ex-patriates living in Greece or who visit it frequently who have an interest in wildlife particularly butterflies. Please join us on Tayegetos while we are surveying. Greece has 230+ species of butterfly and we wish to dramatically increase the recording effort by providing training and support to individuals. It would be a great opportunity to learn about the butterflies of the area.
For more information or to offer help, please contact Simon Spencer on