• Stellaras and the autumn daffodils

    Stellaras and the autumn daffodils

    At the end of October, the small meadow on the edge of the Venetian castle of Koroni is dressed in white. The cause is a rare, big and dense presence of thousands of autumn daffodils (Narcissus obsoletus). The white meadow that covers the entire peninsula to the East, is an important resting station for many small birds before their trip to Africa. What is really striking is the numbers of dozens of different species of butterflies arriving to feed on the daffodils nectar. Especially striking is the abundance of the hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum), the butterfly that looks and flies like an exotic hummingbird and is known to greek nature lovers under the name Stellaras or Stellakis. This moth, with the huge proboscis, sucks nectar for the last time before hiding under the stones to overwinter. Their numbers above the small meadow are so large that they offer an ideal opportunity for photography. The only thing that you will not be able to capture in the photo, but surely will be etched into your memory, is the sweet intoxicating smell of the delicate autumn daffodils.

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