Anthocharis damone Boisduval, 1836


Anthocharis damone: Eggs on Isatis (N-Greece, Smolikas mountains, May 2014) [N] Anthocharis damone: Egg on Isatis (N-Greece, Smolikas mountains, May 2014) [N] Anthocharis damone: Egg on Isatis (N-Greece, Smolikas mountains, May 2014) [N] Anthocharis damone: Egg on Isatis (N-Greece, Smolikas mountains, May 2014) [N] Anthocharis damone: Young larva (e.o. rearing, N-Greece, Smolikas mountains, May 2014) [S] Anthocharis damone: Larva (e.o. rearing, N-Greece, Smolikas mountains, May 2014) [S] Anthocharis damone: Half-grown larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [M] Anthocharis damone: Half-grown larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [M] Anthocharis damone: Half-grown larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [M] Anthocharis damone: Half-grown larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Half-grown larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [M] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [M] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larva (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Prepupa (e.l. rearing, Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [S] Anthocharis damone: Pupa (e.l. rearing, Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [S] Anthocharis damone: Pupa (e.l. rearing, Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [S] Anthocharis damone: Pupa (e.l. rearing, Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [S] Anthocharis damone: Larval habitat (N-Greece, Smolikas mountains, May 2014) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larval habitat (N-Greece, Smolikas mountains, May 2014) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larval habitat (N-Greece, Smolikas mountains, May 2014) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larval habitat (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N] Anthocharis damone: Larval habitat, embankment in the foreground (Central Greece, Delphi, early May 2016) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae usually live on Isatis tinctoria (Brassicaceae).

Habitat:
Anthocharis damone inhabits mostly eroding embankments or steep slopes with rocks and open soil where Isatis tinctoria grows.

Life cycle:
In lower altitudes the butterflies can be already found in March and April as e.g. in Central Greece around Delphi. In higher altitudes they are on the wing in May and June, rarely even later. The eggs are deposited singly on the flower buds of plants growing under especially hot microclimatical conditions. The larvae feed on flowers and seeds and occur between April and July. Near Delphi they had been mature already in early May 2016 (hot spring).

Remarks:
Anthocharis damone occurs locally in S-Italy (Calabria, E-Sicily) and from Macedonia and Greece (here very locally as well) across Asia Minor and the Levant to Iran.



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