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Euchloe penia (Freyer, [1851])   

Name in Tolman & Lewington (1997): Elphinstonia penia
 

Range: S Balkan Peninsula, Turkey, Near East.

Distribution in Bulgaria: For the first time I caught one male (pictured on the left) on 18.4.1993 in S Pirin on the rocky marble slopes between the villages Paril and Nova Lovtcha, at 700-800 m a.s.l. (Kolev 1994b). Later that year, based on precise locality data provided by myself,  more specimens were collected by several other colelctors. Since the mid-1990īs the species has not been found in this locality despite numerous visits. However, recently it has been discovered in other localities in S Pirin. Information about the occurrence of this species on "Paril Col" [Parilski Prohod saddle between Alibotush and S Pirin] (Abadjiev 1993) is incorrect: the specimens in questions have been collected in the site discovered by myself.

Habitat: South-facing rocky marble slopes with sparse bushes.

Bionomics: According to my data there are two generations in April and June-July. Larval host-plant: Matthiola fruticulosa (Brassicaceae) (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: Very rare and with very limited distribution in Bulgaria, urgently needs further research. IUCN category: Vulnerable. Its inclusion in the Red Data Book of Bulgaria is herewith recommended.

 

 
 
 
 

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