LEPIDOPTERA

Pieris krueperi Staudinger, 1860

 Pieris krueperi

TYPE LOCALITY. "Graecia" [Arkanania].

RANGE. S. Europe, Transcaucasia, Kopet-Dagh, Asia Minor to Middle Asia.

DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. The Caucasus Minor, the Armenian Highland, Talysh, Turan, Kopet-Dagh - the nominate subspecies; Tian-Shan, Ghissar, S. Ghissar, Darvaz, Alai, the W. Pamirs - ssp. devta de Niceville, 1884.

HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. Arid habitats with scanty vegetation up to 2,500 m a.s.1. in the mountains. Flight period: April-September in two or three generations. Host plant (Nekrutenko, 1990; Hesselbarth et al., 1995): Alyssum, Aurinia.

SIMILAR SPECIES. P. mahometana: wings more strongly produced; UPH with intensive dark colouration along termen; UNH dark area differently shaped and with greyish-green dusting.

Photo and text: Guide to the BUTTERFLIES OF RUSSIA and adjacent territories Volume 1. PENSOFT, Sofia - Moscow. 1997




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