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Butterfly Valley in Greece

The Butterfly Valley, also known as Petaloudes, is located on the western side of the Greek island of Rhodes, approximately 25 kilometers from the city. The valley is home to thousands of four-point dipper butterflies (Euplagia quadripunctaria rhodosensis), covering everything around after the rainy season. By the end of May, the entire landscape of the valley turns into a single blanket of amazing butterflies.

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Butterfly Valley in Greece
During the rainy season, butterflies live in Mediterranean thickets at the caterpillar stage, feeding on foliage. At the end of the rainy season, the caterpillars turn into butterflies. As the dry season approaches, butterflies migrate, traveling at night in search of moisture. They stop in the valley, attracted by the aroma of eucalyptus. Once they reach their destination, they settle down on tree trunks and rocks.

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Butterfly Valley in Greece
Butterflies spend the entire summer in a cool, humid environment of the valley, mating during the last weeks of August and in September. Most females fly away from the valley, in some cases flying more than 25 km to lay their eggs in safe, dark places, preferably among shrubs and plants, and then die.Young butterflies are selected from their cocoons in the spring, spreading throughout the surrounding space. In June, they turn into full-fledged butterflies. The heat and smell of eucalyptus beckon them again to the valley and the cycle repeats again.

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Butterfly Valley in Greece
Unfortunately, the valley is open to visitors, and the increased flow of tourists threatens the butterfly population. The four-point bear has no stomach, because the butterfly lives solely due to the fat accumulated by the caterpillar. The constant excitement of the noise from visitors makes butterflies fly away from their resting places often. As a result, valuable unrecoverable energy is expended - many butterflies exhaust energy and die before the process of reproduction of offspring. Visitors may visit the valley, but they are advised not to disturb the butterflies and not to make a loud noise.

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    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece


    Butterfly Valley in Greece

    Butterfly Valley in Greece