Pholidoptera fallax (Fischer, 1853)


Pholidoptera fallax: Male (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Male (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Male (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Male (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Male (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Male (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Male (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Male (Switzerland, Ticino, Isone, 2008) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Female (Switzerland, Ticino, Monte Generoso, October 2007) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Female (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Female (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Female - yellow underside (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, late September 2016) [M] Pholidoptera fallax: Habitat in the Ticino (late August 2008) [N] Pholidoptera fallax: Habitat (Italy, Apennines, Rieti, Monte Terminillo, 1800m, late September 2016) [N]

Nutrition:
Partly plants, partly carnal food (small insects, etc.).

Habitat:
Pholidoptera fallax inhabits warm and moist, but also dry habitats such as forest clearings and edges, embankments and unmown, higher growing meadows and pastures near the forest.

Life cycle:
The adults appear from June (in the south already in May) until well on into October. The eggs overwinter in the soil, generally twice.

Remarks:
Pholidoptera fallax is missing north of the Alps and occurs in Southern and Southeastern Europe (Italy, Balkans). The northern boundary is located in the Southern Alps, where Pholidoptera fallax occurs for example in Southern Ticino and S-Austria.

Hints on determination:
Pholidoptera fallax is relative easily recognized by its shorter and distinctly curved ovipositor which is longer and straight in the similar Pholidoptera littoralis. The underside of Pholidoptera fallax is pure yellow whereas P. littoralis shows additionally a light green touch there.



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