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Pieris krueperi Staudinger, 1860   

Name in Tolman & Lewington (1997): Artogeia krueperi
 

Range: S and C Balkan Peninsula, Asia from Turkey to NW India.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Local in the hottest regions almost exclusively S of Stara Planina range. So far known from the N foothills of Rila and Pirin, the warmest karstic river valleys of E and W Rhodopi, Belasitsa near Petritch, Struma valley (Zemen and Kresna gorges, the volcanic ridge Kozhukh), Sliven, Karlovo, Preobrazhensky monastery and Iskar gorge. From 100 up to ca. 1000 m a.s.l.

Habitat: Hot, dry rocky places.

Bionomics: Two or three generations from April till late August. Larval host-plants: Alyssum (Brassicaceae) (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: This species has limited distribution and is generally rare, even though most of its populations appear stable and the key habitats are not threatened, Kresna gorge being however a notable exception. IUCN category: Lower risk, near threatened.

 
 
 

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