Zygaena fausta Linnaeus, 1767
Common names: Zygène de la petite coronille [Fr], Geelgerande bloedvlekvlinder [Nl], Bergkronwicken-Widderchen [De]
Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse, AUDE ● France
Description: Its bright aposematic colours of red, white and black on the wings indicate to possible predators such as birds that it is foul-tasting or poisonous. In flight, the bright red abdomen is revealed, contrasting with the white legs and black head and antennae; the thorax is black and white with an eye-spot on each side. There appears to be a considerable variation in pattern among specimens from different parts of Europe.
The sexes are similar but not identical.
The caterpillar (larva) is dark gray with a black line above a line of white interrupted by yellow bands.
Biology: The caterpillar's food plants are Vetches of the genus Coronilla. The adults often visit a wide range of flowers including Knapweed and Eryngo.
Adults fly throughout the summer, sometimes in two generations, from April or May until October.
Habitat: dry meadows, sunny slopes, chalk grassland.
Distribution: Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Northern Italy, and Southern and Central Germany.
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