Allophyes cretica Pinker & Reisser, 1978


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Host plants:
The larva feeds on bushes of the rose family, especially Crataegus azarolus.

Habitat:
Allophyes cretica inhabits medium-high altitudes between app. 800 and 1700m asl in Crete. It is most often found in open scrub with Acer sempervirens and Crataegus azarolus which are occasionally accompanied by Quercus (oak).

Life cycle:
The adults are on the wing between late October and December with peak in the second half of November. The eggs hibernate and the larvae are recorded in April and May (early June?). I found them half-grown in early May 2013 in the Ida-mountains by beating.

Remarks:
Allophyes cretica is endemic to Crete and differs mainly in the genital structures from Allophyes oxyacanthae.



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