The island of San Pietro is the only place in the world where this small and rare beetle can be found. Unlike other cicindele, the Cicindela campestris saphyrina has a bright livery of a distinctive electric blue color, tending toward violet, and speckled with just a few yellowish white dots. This Cicindela is considered by all entomologists and enthusiasts to be the most beautiful of the 17 species of Cicindela in Italy. Like all cicindele, the saphyrina has a large head with big, bulging eyes and strong jaws. Males are slightly smaller than the females. Another difference between the female and male, is that on the female’s forewings there is a black mark (one on each forewing), that is absent in the male.
This beautiful endemic species was discovered in 1836 by the director of the zoological museum in Turin, Carlo Giuseppe Gene (the same scholar who studied and classified the Eleonora’s Falcon). Numerous researchers and lovers of entomology have come to the island to search for this unusual insect, and among them was one of the greatest German writers of the twentieth century, Ernest Jünger. In his many stays on the island (he spent parts of his vacation here for nine years), he was never able to find the saphyrina beetle but nevertheless recorded his impressions of Carloforte and the island in admiring prose.
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The Eleonora’s Falcon is one of the rarest European birds of prey, and was included in the "Red List" of animals in danger of extinction (in the world there are only about 7500 couples). More than any other species, it is perhaps the one that stands out the most in the birdlife of the Sardinian island. The Eleonora’s Falcon (Falco Eleonorae) takes its scientific and Italian name from the Giudicessa Eleonora d'Arborea (Queen Eleonor of Arborea) who, with the enactment of the "Carta de Logu" in the fourteenth century, passed a special law that forbade hunting all birds of prey.
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The Girin beach recalls the white sandy beaches and the finest tropical atolls of the Pacific. Sheltered from the strong mistral wind, it features crystal clear waters of an intense turquoise color and a shallow sandy bottom. Thick Mediterranean scrub and pine trees surround the beach and perfume the air. It’s frequented mostly by families with children, who enjoy spending the day in this incredible piece of heaven.
It is located along the east coast, nearly 3 km from Carloforte, along the main road that leads to all the beaches.
As soon as you reach the dirt Continua...