LEPIDOPTERA

Zegris eupheme (Esper, [1804])

Zegris eupheme

TYPE LOCALITY. "S. Russia" [Sevastopol, Crimea].

RANGE. N. Africa, SW. and SE. Europe to E. Kazakhstan, Asia Minor to the Middle East and N. Iran.

DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. The S. European part, the Caucasus Major and Minor, the Armenian Highland, Talysh, Turan, N. Tian-Shan (Zailiisky Alatau), Dzhungarsky Alatau, the S. Altai are inhabited by the nominate subspecies (= erothoe Eversmann, 1832; = menestho Menetries, 1832).

TAXONOMIC NOTES. Some authors believe the taxon menestho to be a distinct subspecies.

HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. Steppe and semi-desert landscapes not higher than 1,000 m a.s.1. in the mountains. Flight period: April-June. Host plants (Nekrutenko, 1990, Danchenko, pers. corn.): Sinapis, Raphanus, Sisymbrium polymorphum, CcLmelina laxa. Pupa hibernating.

SIMILAR SPECIES. Microzegris pyrothoe: smaller, UNH white spots long.

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

 

 

 

      • Zegris fausti Christoph, 1877

Zegris fausti Christoph, 1877

 Zegris fausti

TYPE LOCALITY. "Krasnowodsk" [Turkmenia].

RANGE. From Iraq and Iran across S. Middle Asia and Afghanistan to Pakistan.

DISTRIBUTION AND VARIATION. Kopet-Dagh, E. Kara-Kum, S. Ghissar, foothills of Zailiisky Alatau and the Ili River valley, all populated by the nominate subspecies.

HABITATS AND BIOLOGY. Steppe and semi-desert to desert landscapes up to 1,500 m a.s.1. in the mountains. Flight period: April-June. Host plants: Crambe kotschyana and Sisymbrium. Pupa hibernating.

SIMILAR SPECIES. Microzegris pyrothoe: smaller, UNH white spots long.

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




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