Isturgia deerraria (Walker, 1861)

Synonyms/other combinations:
Isturgia pulinda deerraria (Walker, 1861)

Isturgia deerraria: Male (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [N] Isturgia deerraria: Male (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [N] Isturgia deerraria: Female (e.l. rearing, Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, larva in mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Female (e.l. rearing, Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, larva in mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Half-grown larva (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Half-grown larva (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Larva (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Larva (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Larva (e.l. rearing, Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Larva (e.l. rearing, Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Larva (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [M] Isturgia deerraria: Larva (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [M] Isturgia deerraria: Larva (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [N] Isturgia deerraria: Larva (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [N] Isturgia deerraria: Pupa (e.l. rearing, Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Pupa (e.l. rearing, Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [S] Isturgia deerraria: Larval habitat (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [N] Isturgia deerraria: Larval habitat (Spain, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, Barranco Arguineguin, mid-December 2016) [N]

Host plants:
The larvae feed in the first place on acacias. I recorded larvae together with those of Azanus ubaldus on the neophytic Vachellia farnesiana on Gran Canaria.

Habitat:
Isturgia deerraria inhabits dry and warm, often semiarid places with acacias. I found the moths and larvae in a dry barranco ground in Gran Canaria.

Life cycle:
Isturgia deerraria is probably found year-round. I recorded moths and larvae of all instars in Gran Canaria (Arguineguin) in mid-December 2016. The larvae rest openly on twigs and feed especially on flowers and their buds. The moths are easily flushed and rest on stones or in the vegetation.

Remarks:
Isturgia deerraria occurs in Africa, in the Cape Verde Islands, in Malta, some Canarian Islands and sporadically in the (southern) Iberian Peninsula.

Isturgia deerraria has been listed as a subspecies of I. pulinda (S-Asia) so far.



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