Ephippiger cunii Bolívar, 1877

Synonyms/other combinations:
Ephippiger diurnus cunii Bolívar, 1877

Ephippiger cunii: Male (Canigou, French east Pyrenees, 1400m asl, October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Male (Canigou, eastern Pyrenees, 1400m asl, mid-October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Male (Canigou, eastern Pyrenees, 1400m asl, mid-October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Male (Canigou, eastern Pyrenees, 1400m asl, mid-October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Female (Canigou, eastern Pyrenees, 1400m asl, mid-October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Female (Canigou, French east Pyrenees, 1400m asl, mid-October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Female (Canigou, French east Pyrenees, 1400m asl, mid-October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Female (Canigou, French east Pyrenees, 1400m asl, mid-October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Female (Canigou, French east Pyrenees, 1400m asl, mid-October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Oviposition (Canigou, 1900m asl, October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Habitat on Mount Canigou (Tour de Batčre) in 1400m asl in October 2013) [N] Ephippiger cunii: Habitat (Canigou, Prats-de-Mollo-la-Preste, 2000m asl, mid-October 2013) [N]

Habitat:
Ephippiger cunii inhabits dry and warm pastures with (dwarf) shrubs up to 2200m asl.

Life cycle:
The animals are observed on the gound or on dwarf shrubs/herbs. The adults live until November. I recorded oviposition several times in the soil. The ovipositor is inserted vertically in the ground, e.g. in a small tussock or other low vegetation. Open soil spots are obviously not essential.

Remarks:
Ephippiger cunii occurs in the eastern Pyrenees and adjacing regions (Catalonia) in Spain and S-France.

The taxon is most often considered a subspecies of Ephippiger ephippiger (= Ephippiger diurnus).



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