Lyela myops (Staudinger, 1881)
   Lyela myops   (Staudinger, 1881)

TYPE LOCALITY. "Ala Tau" [Lepsinsk, Dzhungarsky Alatau, E. Kazakhstan].

RANGE. From W. Kazakhstan, Turkmenia and Iran across S. Uzbekistan and Afghanistan to Dzhungarsky Alatau and the S. Altai.

DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. In addition to the nominate subspecies which inhabits most of the range, the ssp. tekkensis (Staudinger, 1886) is recorded in Kopet-Dagh, and the ssp. mangystavica Lukhtanov, 1994 in W. Kazakhstan (the Mangyshlak Peninsula). Individuals from S. Ghissar are also likely to deserve a separate subspecific status.

HABITAT AND BIOLOGY. Steppe and semi-desert habitats up to 2,000 m a.s.l. Flight period: March-May.

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

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