Zygaena purpuralis Brünnich, 1763
Common names: Transparent Burnet [En], Zygène du serpolet, Zygène pourpre [Fr], Thymian-Widderchen [De]
Mount Vermion, VERIA ● Greece
Description: Medium-sized moth with a wingspan reaching 30–34 millimetres. Usually the forewings show three bright red longitudinak streaks quite variable in shape, with almost transparent greyish-bluish edges. Hind wings are more extensively or almost completely bright red. Head and thorax are black, while the abdomen is dark blue.
The similar species Zygaena minos can be distinguish only by the genitalia. But the host plant of this late species is Pimpinella saxifraga and I didn’t see it around.
The larvae are yellow, with some lines of small black spots.
Biology: Adults moths are on wing from late May until August, depending on location. The larvae fly during the day, especially with warm and sunny weather, feeding on nectar of various flowers. They feed on wild thyme (Thymus polytrichus, Thymus serpyllum, etc). They occur from August to May and overwinter once or twice.
Habitat: Sunny and grassy slopes, undercliffs and xerophilous steppes.
Distribution: This species can be is found in most of central and southern Europe, from France through to Asia Minor, the Caucasus, Russia and the Altai Mountains.
Wikipedia, Zygaena purpuralis