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Muschampia cribrellum (Eversmann, 1841)   

 


 

Range: Steppes of Eurasia from Ukraine to Mongolia, with relict isolates in Romania, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Insufficiently known. This species was added to the butterfly list of Bulgaria very recently (Kolev 2003a) on the basis of two males (pictured on the upper left) collected in Burgas in August 1974 but without exact locality data. Recently several new localities have been discovered in the karst region of W Stara Planina.

Habitat: Dry, flowery glades and slopes. 

Bionomics: One generation from late May till August. Larval host-plant: Potentilla (Rosaceae).

Conservation status: Needs urgent further studies. The city of Burgas and its surroundings are a heavily urbanized area with a high level of agriculture, industry and construction, which activities threaten any small remnants of possible habitat for this, as well as other rare species (see also Muschampia tessellum and Melitaea arduinna). IUCN category: Data Deficient, possibly Vulnerable. Its inclusion into the Red Data Book of Bulgaria is herewith recommended.

 

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