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Pieris ergane (Geyer, [1828])   

Name in Tolman & Lewington (1997): Artogeia ergane
 

Range: N Spain, S France, C Italy, Balkan Peninsula, Turkey, the Near East to Iran.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Local S of Stara Planina in mountains and adjacent river valleys: Rila, Pirin, Alibotush, Rhodopi, Belasitsa, Struma valley (Zemen and Kresna gorges, Kozhukh volcanic ridge), single finds near Dragoman and Kalofer. An old record from the vicinity of Sliven, though not improbable, is doubtful and needs confirmation which my purposeful search for this species there in recent years has failed to produce. Most abundant in calcareous terrain, From 100 to ca. 2000 m a.s.l., reported from as high as 2360 m in Rila (Abadjiev 2001).

Habitat: Dry, warm rocky places particularly on calcareous substrate, only in the hottest parts of the country also elsewhere.

Bionomics: Three generations from April to September. Larval host-plants: Aethionema and Isatis (Brassicaceae) (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: A local species with relatively restricted range in Bulgaria, but its populations are stable and their habitats mostly not threatened. IUCN category: Lower risk, near threatened.

 
 
 


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