One of the most beautiful and most impressed nature experiences in Rhodes is the butterfly valley (Petaloudes) at the street between Psinthos and Kalamonas.
Every year in July and August a unique natural spectacle takes places. Thousands of butterflies of the genus Callimorpha Quadripunctaria overwhelm the valley in order to reproduce. The reason why they are coming in July and August are the Oriental Sweetgum trees, with their characteristic strong scent, produced by a kind of resin and smelling like vanilla, encouraging the butterflies to mate. Visitors should take care not to startle them with shouts or loud noises, because the butterflies panic easily and consuming valuable energy.
The disturbance of visitors is forcing the butterflies to fly all day, depleting their energy. Therefore it is prohibited to disturb them in any way by hand clapping or whistling. Due to the increased amount of visitors, conservationists fear that the butterflies are facing population issues.
Even in the heat of the day it’s a pleasure to visit the valley with its winding rivers, waterfalls and rustic bridges.
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