Heterogynis canalensis (Chapman, 1904)

Heterogynis canalensis: Male on the female cocoon (Aisa, July 2010) [N] Heterogynis canalensis: Mating : the females partly do not emerge, so that they have to be inseminated through the cocoon (western Spanish Pyrenees, Aisa, July 2010) [N] Heterogynis canalensis: Artificially opened cocoon of Heterogynis canalensis: female at the pupal skin (Aisa, July 2010) [M] Heterogynis canalensis: Female cocoon of Heterogynis canalensis (Aisa, Spain) [N] Heterogynis canalensis: Habitat of Heterogynis canalensis in the Spanish Pyrenees (Jaca): nutrient-poor meadow in dry woodlands [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed on Fabaceae such as brooms and Onobrychis. Probably they also consume Asteraceae and Cistaceae as it is the case with Heterogynis penella, but this is to be verified in the field.

I observed Heterogynis canalensis in a mosaic of nutrient-poor grassland, scrub and oak woodland in the western Spanish Pyrenees. The most important habitat type should be bushy grasslands.

Life cycle:
The life cycle should be similar to Heterogynis penella. I observed cocoons and adults in early July 2010 in the west Pyrenees.

Heterogynis canalensis is almost limited to the Spanish Pyrenees and their southern extended foreland. In france, it is restricted to a few sites in the eastern Pyrenees.

Heterogynis penella 
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