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Leptidea sinapis (Linnaeus, 1758)   

 

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Systematics: It was only recently shown that this common "species" in fact consists of two distinct, albeit externally very similar, species with similar ranges: Leptidea sinapis and Leptidea reali. Their reliable identification is possible only by studying the genitalia, which differ in size. Such studies have been done only very sporadically on Bulgarian material, which is why practically all older records of "sinapis" from the country are suspect and their indiscriminate referral to Leptidea sinapis (Abadjiev 2001) is unwarranted.

Range: Europe, Asia to W Siberia.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Widespread from sea level to about 2000 m. According to my sporadic observations, this species is much more common than L. reali.

Habitat: Diverse bushy grassy places.

Bionomics: Two or three generations depending on altitude, from April till September. Larval host-plants: Lathyrus (Fabaceae) (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: Despite the confusion described above, which renders most of the records from Bulgaria unusable for now, new precise observations indicate that this is a widespread and common species in Bulgaria. IUCN category: Lower risk, least concern.

 

 
 
 
 

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