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Gonepteryx farinosa (Zeller, 1847)   

 

 

Range: S Balkan Peninsula, W and C Asia.

Distribution in Bulgaria: So far only known from the volcanic ridge Kozhukh in Struma valley.

Habitat: Arid hot rocky slopes with bushes of Paliurus spina-christi.

Bionomics: One generation, which flies from June to October and after hibernation in March and April. Larval host-plants: Paliurus spina-christi and Rhamnus (Rhamnaceae) (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: The distribution and status of this little known species in SW Bulgaria need further research. IUCN category: Data Deficient, probably Vulnerable. Its inclusion in the Red Data Book of Bulgaria is herewith recommended.