20 August 2014

Arabian Wall Brown - Tanoumah

Whilst birding the southwest of Saudi Arabia in July 2014 we saw a number of Arabian Wall Brown Lasiommata felix a butterfly in the Nymphalidae family. It is found in southwestern Saudi Arabia and Yemen where it inhabits the western escarpment of the Arabian Peninsula. It can be found all the way north to Taif in Saudi Arabia but always in the mountains. The one photographed here was at Tanumah north of Abha in the Asir Mountains although we also saw then on the Raydah escarpment and elsewhere. They appear to be a common butterfly of the southwest mountains.