Barbitistes obtusus Targioni-Tozzetti, 1881


Barbitistes obtusus: Male (Ticino) [N] Barbitistes obtusus: Male (Ticino) [N] Barbitistes obtusus: Male (Ticino) [N] Barbitistes obtusus: Female (Ticino) [N] Barbitistes obtusus: Female (Ticino, Isone, late August 2008) [N] Barbitistes obtusus: Female (Ticino, Isone, late August 2008) [N] Barbitistes obtusus: Habitat in the Ticino (Isone, late August 2008) [N]

Nutrition:
Plants like leaves of deciduous trees (e.g. Corylus)

Habitat:
Barbitistes obtusus inhabits woodland clearings and edges, bushy pastures and meadows, tall herb communities near the forest and also interiors of lights forests.

Life cycle:
Adults are found particularly from July to early October. Mostly they sit motionless on leaf surfaces. They backtrack entirely into the interior of the woods only in hot weather.

Endangerment factors:
In the lowland Barbitistes obtusus is rapidly displaced by intensive farming and forestry. At higher altitudes (up to 1800m above sea level), it is however still at lower risk.

Remarks:
The total distribution is restricted to the Southern Alps. In Ticino, it is quite common in the medium altitudes (the main valleys are largely devalued by dense human population).



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