With so many flowers and grassland, butterflies are seen throughout the Summer. Two restricted butterflies occur here; the Glandon Blue, Agriades glandon and Gavarnie Blue, Agriades pyrenaicus, as well as more widespread species such as the Apollo Parnassius, Apollo and Swallowtail. In September, the beautiful Hummingbird Hawk Moth can be seen hovering around flowering thistles.
Humming bird hawk mothMacroglossum stellatarum
Easily mistaken for humming birds themselves, these large insects are common throughout the Pyrenees in summer, and can frequently be seen in Bareges feeding on flowers in gardens. When in motion the easiest way to distinguish them from birds is to look for the long proboscis which they use to feed.