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Erebia melas (Herbst, 1796)   

 

Range: Endemic to SE Europe, occurs in the mountains of the Balkan Peninsula and Romania.

Distribution in Bulgaria: C Stara Planina, Rila, Pirin, Alibotush and W Rhodopi, from 1000 to over 2900 m a.s.l.

Habitat: Dry rocky slopes, screes and ridge crests.

Bionomics: One generation flying from late July till September. Larval host-plants: grasses (Poaceae) (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: This species has a restricted Bulgarian as well as total range and, despite not being directly threatened at present, must be considered vulnerable and of high conservation interest. IUCN category: Vulnerable. Its inclusion into the Red Data Book of Bulgaria is herewith recommended.

 

 
 

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