The valley of butterflies in Paros
A little oasis close to Parikia
The valley with the Tiger Moth butterflies in Paros
The valley of butterflies is located four kilometers to the south west of Parikia. It is a biotope with a small source, which is covered by dense vegetation; cypresses, plane-trees, oleanders, carob trees and orchards. This area is ideal for the Tiger moth butterfly. It is a brown and yellow butterfly with a bit of black and white spots and two orange-red back wings, which appear when it flies.
The butterflies gather at this specific area in June and they "disappear" in August. This happens because in September the female butterflies search for bushy areas to lay their eggs and then, they die. The caterpillars come out of the eggs in October and they turn into butterflies in May.
In June, the butterflies come again at the valley and they stay fixed and almost still on the trees till August, when they mate.
The visitors can enjoy their beauty, however they must be careful not to make any noise because the population panics and consumes the energy that must be saved for its journey in autumn and for its reproduction.