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Heteropterus morpheus (Pallas, 1771)   


Female, S Black Sea coast

Range: Temperate Eurasia.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Old records from N Bulgaria: Lovetch and Svishtov towns; more recently found also in Mt. Strandzha and along the S Black Sea coast.

Habitat: Wet grassy places near rivers, lakes or wetlands; woodland glades and clearings.

Bionomics: One generation in late May and June. Larva host-plants: grasses (Poaceae).

Conservation status: Possibly severely threatened, needs urgent studies. In Bulgaria wet habitats such as preferred by this species are frequently threatened by human activities. IUCN category: Data Deficient, possibly Endangered. Its inclusion into the Red Data Book of Bulgaria is herewith recommended.

Photo: Stoyan Beshkov