Jordanita graeca Jordan, 1907 ♀
Akrotiri (Ακρωτήρι, Ağrotur), LIMASSOL (Λεμεσός, Leymosun) ● Cyprus
Description: The length of the forewings is 7.5-12.5 mm for males and 7-12 mm for females.
Head, thorax and femur of the legs are shiny green. The abdomen is dark greenish grey.
The forewing upper surface is shiny green, gold green or bluish green. The hind wings are in the middle slightly translucent, blackish grey on the top. The wing undersides are dark grey and dull.
Two subspecies are recorded:
• J. g. graeca Jordan, 1907 – Slovakia, Hungary and Ukraine to south-western Turkey
• J. g. sultana Alberti, 1937 – Crimea, central and southern Turkey and Armenia
Biology: Adults are on wing from May to July.
The larvae of ssp. graeca feed on Centaurea melitensis and Cirsium creticum, while the larvae of ssp. sultana feed on Centaurea solstitialis, Centaurea salonitana, Carduus arabicus, Carduus uncinatus, Jurinea sordida and Xeranthemum annuum. Pupation takes place in a cocoon in the soil beneath the host plant.
Habitat: Dry grasslands and rocky slopes.
Distribution: From southern Slovakia through Hungary, the Balkan Peninsula, Rhodes and Cyprus to southern Russia, Ukraine, Transcaucasia, Turkey, Iran and northern Iraq.
Naumann C. M., Tremewan W. G., 1999. The Western Palaearctic Zygaenidae. Apollo Books, Stenstrup. ISBN 87-88757-15-3
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