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Pararge climene (Esper, [1783])   

Name in Tolman & Lewington (1997): Kirinia climene
 

Range: SE Europe from the Balkan Peninsula (Albania, Greece, Yugoslavia, Republic of Macedonia, Bulgaria) and Romania to S Ural; Turkey, N Iran, Transcaucasia and Caucasus.

Distribution in Bulgaria: A very local and poorly known species, so far found in five localities: Gorna Kremena village (Essayan & Yugan 1993), near Kyustendil (coll. R. Essayan, personal communication, in Kolev 2004); Slivenska Stara Planina, Gorna Banya suburb of Sofia, and Baltchik (the last needs confirmation) (Kolev 2004). According to these finds, occurs from sea level up to 1000 m.

Habitat: Bushy grassy glades on the edges of deciduous, at least partly oak, woodland.

Bionomics: One generation flying from June till August. Adults are fond of resting on tree trunks and branches up to 3 m from the ground. Larval host-plants: grasses (Poaceae).

Conservation status: A seemingly very local and rare species, which however may be a wrong impression created by its cryptic way of life. The wide availability of suitable habitats in Bulgaria indicates that the species is much more widely distributed than presently realised. Further research on its distribution and status is necessary. IUCN category: Data Deficient.

 
 
 

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