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BUTTERFLIES OF

THE ALTO GARDA BRESCIANO

According to Dr. Giovanni Sala Lake Garda and its surroundings are home to about 160 different varieties, which account for about 60% of the total, and has therefore one of the richest of all Italian butterfly populations. This has always been a favourite area for Europe’s entomologists, but in the last number of years there has been a worrying decline in the variety of species – not only insects. Fortunately a few areas, and not only in the province of Brescia, have well preserved and rare butterfly populations. For example, above Limone we find the Coenonympha oedippus (the False Ringlet) which is threatened with extinction in most of Europe and above Toscolano-Maderno, near Gaino, is the only known area in the province of Brescia where we can still find the “Ninfalide Brenthis ino” (the Lesser Marbled Fritillary) The desire to protect these natural treasures is not only the duty of the local authorities but , perhaps and above all, of all those amongst us who love nature

and who visit these areas. Everyone can contribute to this conservation, by keeping trees and hedges, by observing and reporting their findings, simple actions which taken together can have a substantial impact. HOTEL RIVIERA tries to avoid the use of pesticides, hence olives are cultivated organically. One might have noticed small paper bags hanging from the trees, a method that attracts the female of the white fly and kills it, hence avoiding its reproduction.

 

 

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SWALLOWS

Many are the swallows that choose the underroof of the Hotel Riviera. They arrive in late spring and come back every year. One could admire their waving from the roof to the surface of the water of the pool when they jump down to pick the insects flying on the edge of the water thanks to the low pressure of the air caused by the vicinity of the water. These skills of swallows to be able to fly so near the water is due to the long shape of their wings and short claws. Apparently this bird, so surprisingly beautiful, is in decline. They have diminished by 50% already in the last 10 years. This is the reason why the Rodella family tries to host them during their reproduction. Most of the risks causing their deaths derive from the migration as they have to overcome long distances, sometimes more than 15,000 kilometres, through Africa and the Sahara desert which is expanding  year after year,  due to global warming. Hence for this bird, only 17 grams in weight, the crossing of the desert is becoming more and more difficult. At the end of the summer one can observe by sitting on the balcony, or on the seesaw of the Hotel Riviera just outside the restaurant, the nervous swinging and flying back and forth of the swallows that are preparing to leave for the southern regions.