Serra da Estrela

 Last weekend we travelled to Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in mainland Portugal. During two days we had the opportunity to visit various places along the mountain and have a better insight of its biodiversity.
The main objective was to collect flies but much more was observed.

  The upper belt has a characteristic set of plant communities and a rich variety of lichens (something like 250 species). Some examples are Lasallia cf. pustulata and Rhizocarpon cf. geographicum.

Merendera montana, a very interesting plant that lacks visible foliage during flowering...and if you pay attention there is also one specimen of Oedipoda coerulea next to it. 

Oenanthe oenanthe, juvenile. It is very common in the upper belt.

This place is known as Nave de Santo António. It has amazing species like Eresus spp.

Eresus sp., male.Unfortunately, we didn't find the female.

Sorbus aucuparia with its beautiful red fruits. Despite its exotic look it's a native plant. 

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