Kondor EcoLodge, Kiskunság National Park, Hungary - 7 days, but can be tailor-made

The total number of recorded Lepidoptera in Hungary is close to 4000 species. Compared to the size of the country it is a huge number, due to a big variety of habitats and microclimates.

Our region, the Kiskunság National Park is famous to have the Westernmost Asiatic steppes in Europe, plus arid, sandy areas dotted with fishponds, alkaline lakes and oxbow lakes with riverine forests. As a result we have a very interesting mix of different habitats thus plenty of interesting species. From May till September almost every week we can have different species of moth at and around our Kondor EcoLodge. For several years we have not used professional moth traps, because in our area there is very limited light pollution, so generally it was enough to use outside special lightbulbs and the white walls of any of our buildings. We had amazing variety of species even with this method.

Nowadays we use a professional Robinson moth trap to catch & observe moth species in our garden. Actually the very first time we run the moth trap we caught 6 different Hawk Moth species plus many other interesting moth species, lot of them extreme rarities in UK or do not even occur, so many of them do not even have an English name such as our local endemic species.

Many thanks especially for Colin Williams who brought over from UK the Robinson Moth trap and helped us to learn not just how to use it successfully, but also to try to ID the the various moth species during the first evening sessions.

Please note that collecting or taking living specimens of any stage is strictly prohibited by the Hungarian law. We will provide literature about Hungarian and Central-European Macrolepidoptera fauna as well as a few special books on Micro moths, although most of them are written in German or Hungarian.

 

Fact File

- 7 days in the centre of the Kiskunság National Park, Hungary

- start and finish in Budapest, Hungary

- using 1 accommodation



Highlights

- wide variety of habitats

- moth trapping during the night

- rare moth species

- rare butterfly species depending on the month including Large Copper, Freyer's Purple Emperor, Cardinal, Southern Festoon and many more



Accommodation

6 nights at Kondor EcoLodge in the middle of the Kiskunság National Park, Hungary

www.kondorecolodge.hu 

Departure Dates

From May till October

http://www.ecotours.hu/calendar


Price

Ask for the actual price.

Our price includes:

- all travel as noted in the itinerary;

- all accommodation based on shared rooms (most rooms are twin bedded), at most locations there are single rooms as well for extra charge (Please ask for a single room at the time of booking!);

- 3 meals per day, generally breakfast at the accommodation, packed lunch, dinner (consists of at least two courses);

- services of the leader(s);

- trip materials.

Not included:

- flight to and from Vienna;

- optional programmes to places of interest and its entrance fees

- passports and visas

- airport and other departure taxes, tips

- food beyond generally 3 meals/day mentioned in the itineraries

- excess baggage charges,

- telephone calls,

- alcoholic beverages,

- compulsory personal insurance

If you have questions about the inclusion of any cost item, please contact us



Activity level

Easy walks in and around our Kondor EcoLodge garden at butterfly and moth reach habitats



Itinerary


The following list is just a short list of species we have trapped during end of May, beginning of June. But each month, well, actually quite regularly every week has its own special list, so from April till October there are always a lot to look for.

1 Small Elephant Haewkmoth Deilephila porcellus
2 Orange Moth Angerona prunaria
3 Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata
4 Bordered White Bupalus piniaria
5 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum
6 Pine Hawkmoth Hyloicus pinastri
7 Orange Footman Eilema caniola
8 Riband Wave Idaea aversata
9 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua comes
10 Double Line Mythimna turca
11 Delicate Mythimna vitellina
12 The Flame Axylia putris
13 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidana
14 Heart And Dart Agrotis exclamationis
15 Pale Prominent Notodonta ziczac
16 Treble Lines
17 Mottled Rustic
18 Common Wainscot
19 Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina
20 (species of grass moth) Catoptria falsella
21 (species of puss moth) Zeuzera pyrina
22 Cream-spot Tiger Arctia villica britannica
23 Poplar Hawkmoth Laothoe populi
24 Buff Arches
25 Straw Dot
26 Portland Ribbon Wave
27 Lilac Beauty
28 Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula
29 Marbled Minor
30 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe
31 Large Dark Prominent Notodonta torva
32 Rustic
33 Buff-tip
34 Green Oak Tortrix
35 Spotted Sulphur
36 Bedstraw Hawkmoth
37 Poplar Kitten
38 Chocolate-tip
39 Barred Red
40 White-point
41 Lychis
42 Sprawler spp.
43 Eyed Hawkmoth
44 Birdswing
45 Gold Triangle
46 Bright-line Brown-eye
47 Ethmia bipunctella
48 Beautiful Hook-tip
49 European Corn Bearer
50 Silver Barred
51 Tawny-barred Angle
52 Dioryctria simplicella
53 Poplar Grey
54 Least Carpet
55 Spurge Hawkmoth
56 Golden Twin-spot
57 Mottled Beauty
58 Tissue or Scarce Tissue
59 Sharp-angled Peacock
60 Oblique Striped
61 Mullein Wave
62 Meal Moth Pyralis farinalis
63 Goat Moth
64 Mullein   
65 Dark or Grey Dagger
66 Pebble Prominent
67 Muslin Moth
68 Three-lumped Prominent
69 Silver-Y
70 Turnip Moth
71 Shark spp
72 Figure of Eighty
73 Lobster
74 Burnished Brass
75 Flame Shoulder
76 Orache Moth
77 Sub-angled Wave
78 Geometrician
79 Common Emeald
80 Pine-tree Lappet
81 Fan-foot
82 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
83 Yellow-tail
84 Four-spotted Footman
85 Barred Straw