Phaiogramma faustinata (Millière, 1868)


Phaiogramma faustinata: Adult (La Gomera, Valle Gran Rey, February 2013) [M] Phaiogramma faustinata: Young larva (Tenerife, Anaga, March 2012) [M] Phaiogramma faustinata: Larva (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Larva (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Larva (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Larva (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Larva (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Larva (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Larva (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Pupa (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Pupa (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Pupa (e.l. Tenerife 2012) [S] Phaiogramma faustinata: Habitat in the Anaga mountains in Tenerife near the coast (March 2012) [N] Phaiogramma faustinata: Larval habitat with Lotus glinoides in La Gomera (February 2013) [N]

Host plants:
The larva feeds polyphagous in the herb layer. In Tenerife, I found it on Lotus glaucus and in La Gomera on Lotus glinoides.

Habitat:
Phaiogramma faustinata occurs mostly in dry and warm lowland habitats.

Life cycle:
Phaiogramma faustinata flies in several generations per year. In the Canaries it occurs throughout the year. The larvae live well concealed near the ground on the plants.

Endangerment factors:
In Europe, Phaiogramma faustinata is endangered due to the destroyment of coastal areas by tourism, urbanization and agriculture.

Remarks:
Phaiogramma faustinata occurs in North Africa (south to Sudan), the Canaries, southernmost Europe (coastal areas of southern Portugal, Spain and rarely also Southern France, Balearic Islands, Sicily, Malta, Crete, Cyprus and from the Near East to the Arabian Peninsula.