Home /

Libythea celtis Laicharting, 1782

Libythea celtis-Ano Poreia.jpg <b><i> Lanius excubitor homeyeri</b></i> Cabanis, 1873||<img src=./_datas/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux/i/uploads/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux//2018/06/18/20180618193400-21b02ac7-th.jpg>Thumbnails<i><b>Limenitis reducta</i></b> Staudinger, 1901||<img src=./_datas/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux/i/uploads/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux//2018/06/16/20180616111516-b31901c1-th.jpg><b><i> Lanius excubitor homeyeri</b></i> Cabanis, 1873||<img src=./_datas/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux/i/uploads/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux//2018/06/18/20180618193400-21b02ac7-th.jpg>Thumbnails<i><b>Limenitis reducta</i></b> Staudinger, 1901||<img src=./_datas/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux/i/uploads/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux//2018/06/16/20180616111516-b31901c1-th.jpg><b><i> Lanius excubitor homeyeri</b></i> Cabanis, 1873||<img src=./_datas/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux/i/uploads/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux//2018/06/18/20180618193400-21b02ac7-th.jpg>Thumbnails<i><b>Limenitis reducta</i></b> Staudinger, 1901||<img src=./_datas/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux/i/uploads/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux//2018/06/16/20180616111516-b31901c1-th.jpg><b><i> Lanius excubitor homeyeri</b></i> Cabanis, 1873||<img src=./_datas/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux/i/uploads/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux//2018/06/18/20180618193400-21b02ac7-th.jpg>Thumbnails<i><b>Limenitis reducta</i></b> Staudinger, 1901||<img src=./_datas/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux/i/uploads/t/6/y/t6ynvw9sux//2018/06/16/20180616111516-b31901c1-th.jpg>

Libythea celtis Laicharting, 1782
Common names: European Beak, Nettle-tree Butterfly [En], Echancré [Fr]

Ano Poroia, SERRES ● Greece

About the shot: Around mid-May, millions of Nettle-tree butterflies are flying from the Mont Belles down to the valley around the lake Kerkini. Many of them died on the roads crushed by cars on sunny afternoons.

Description: The size is 20-25 mm and the wingspan 35-40 mm. This species is easily identified by its long snout that protrudes from its head.
Males and females are almost similar except the fore legs of the male much reduced.
The upperside ground colour is rich silky brown. The forewing apex is extended and squared off. The forewing has the cell filled with a broad orange-yellow streak which is subapically deeply indented above; a small discal orange-yellow spot present in interspace 1; a much larger, similarly coloured discal spot between veins 2 and 4, on the inner side touching the cell between veins 3 and 4; a subcostal white preapical spot and a quadrate double spot in interspaces 4 and 5, placed obliquely forward to the subcostal spot; this spot whitish above, orange below. Hind wing uniform, with an irregular curved, transverse, upper postdiscal orange patch extending from just below vein 3 to interspace 6, the portion in interspace 6 often detached. Underside ground-colour : fore wing brown, apex pale purplish irrorated with minute dark transverse striae and dots, orange markings as on the upperside but paler; hind wing uniform pale purplish irrorated with minute dark dots and transverse striae. Antennae, head, thorax and abdomen dark brown; beneath, palpi, thorax and abdomen concolorous with the tint of the underside of the hind wing.

Biology: The species flies from January to October (after hibernation) in one generation.

Habitat: Altitude: 400-1500m

Larval food plant: Celtis australis L. (the Nettle-tree).

Distribution: Southern Europe, Western Asia, North Africa.


References:
Baytaş A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayınları, Istanbul.
Wikipedia/Libythea celtis
Butterfly-guide
Pamperis L., 2009. The Butterflies of Greece, Editions Pamperis, Athens.




Created on
Friday 18 May 2018
Visits
1122
Rate this photo

0 comments

Add a comment