Benidorm in the Spring is, like everywhere in Europe, full of bugs of various kinds. So, here are some we came across.
Firstly a diminutive little insect which we found on our last morning in Benidorm as we sat in the sunshine by the 'Castle' at the southern end of the Sierra Helada. A Black (and very shiny) Ant (I think Alloformica undet). Quite large as ants go, it looked as if it would pack a decent nip if you got too close. I just couldn't get over how shiny it was. If you look closely, you can even see my reflection in it's abdomen as I took it's picture!
Lampyris noctiluca)and was toddling it's way across the path to the 'Castle'. They feed on snails, and I expect you don't need to look particularly good if you spend your life face down in a snails entrails!
Hippotion celerio) with a wingspan of about 4". The larvae of this moth feed on Bedstraws and Willowherbs.
Phoenicurus ochruros). Flitting all over the place like sparrows they constantly flick their tails as if they are on a tight spring. A lovely little bird, this one was seen hopping around the scrubland up at the Cross on the hill overlooking the town.