This final installment covers insects and all other sightings of interest. My favourates were the crickets, antlions and lacewings. I do not have identities for many of them yet, so will just post the photos. Firstly the crickets and grasshoppers. These were huge, but I was unable to get photos of some of the really big ones because they skuttled into the undergrowth when approached. I did not want to poke them with a stick in case they grabbed the stick and poked me back.
Then there were a couple of nice beetles and an evil-looking Robber-Fly
And so to the antlions and lacewings. I was so totally unprepared to see these that I did not even know to which order of the insect kingdom they belonged. It was not until I got back home that I discovered I had seen 2 species of antlion (or perhaps a male and a female of the same species). One (not photographed) resembled a very large damselfly with clear wings, but had telltale antennae, showing that it was not what it first seemed. The other looked more like the rare British form but was much larger (about the size of an Emperor dragonfly).
Only one of each was seen.
Lastly came this beautiful creature which I have now identified as Nemoptera sinuata (Spoonwing Lacewing, but also known as a Thread-winged Antlion).
It is a docile pollen-feeder, about the size of a swallowtail, but is a weak flier. Over a dozen were seen at Kaya Koy and a singleton near the lagoon at Olu Deniz.
Other interesting sightings included wild tortoises in Olu Deniz, including one crossing the road at speed and White Storks nesting in Dalyan. I was also impressed with the Lycian rock tombs there.
In all I saw around 21 species of butterfly, but can only wonder as to what could be found off the beaten track in the wider countryside. I certainly hope to return soon. If anybody is intending to do any serious butterflying in Turkey they will definately need the Fieldguide to the Butterflies of Turkey to suppliment Toleman/Lewington. The link is:http://www.pemberleybooks.co.uk/cgi-bin ... item=15060
(or go to the NHBS site).
It gives details of 344 species that you may encounter and uses photos to illustrate 280 of them. The species are not necessarily discussed and illustrated in strict taxonomic order, but instead, similar looking butterflies are grouped together so as to make comparisons, and therefore their field identification, easier. This is one of the plus points of the book, together with its concise information on identification features and habitat. This is just as well, because some of the photos are quite poor. However this is only a minor quibble. The author is to be commended for putting together such a comprehensive guide, considering he does not live in Turkey and did all his fieldwork during regular trips from his home in America.
I hope this report is useful to anyone planing a trip to this wonderful country.