Butterflies of the French Pyrenees

The Pays Toy, our local area in the central French Pyrenees, is a paradise for butterflies.

The habitat is rich and varied with many of the hay meadows still cut by hand. The remarkable diversity of habitats, the geology and a wide rage of climatic conditions together with a rich plant life has enabled the development of such a large number of butterfly species.

To date, and with the help of our friends and colleagues at Butterfly Conservation, we have identified 134 species in our local valleys alone.

Some species are rare or very local –  such as the Gavarnie Blue, Gavarnie Ringlet, False Dewy Ringlet, Pyrenées Brassy Ringlet as well as the striking Apollo or the robust little Duke of Burgundy.

To find out more, you can join a guided butterfly day.