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Coenonympha oedippus (Fabricius, 1787)   

 

Range: Temperate Eurasia, in Europe very local and in many places threatened with extinction. In the Balkan Peninsula found only in Bulgaria.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Very poorly known, so far only known from single specimens collected in the early 20th Century in the vicinity of Burgas. My search for this species, the only one attempted so far, in the vicinity of Burgas (Atanasovsko lake) in 2003 was unsuccessful.

Habitat: Wet grassy meadows near lakes and other sources of soil moisture.

Bionomics: One generation in June and July. Larval host-plants: grasses of genus Poa (Poaceae) (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: Urgently needs dedicated research. This hygrophilous species is rare and threatened over much of Europe, and in view of the strong reduction and fragmentation of suitable wetland habitats in the vicinity of Burgas there is strong reason to believe that such is also the situation in Bulgaria. IUCN category: Data Deficient, possibly Endangered.

 

 
 
 
 

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