Poecilimon cretensis Werner, 1903


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Nutrition:
Herbal diet. I observed feeding individuals on leaves of thistles, Verbascum and also flowers.

Habitat:
Poecilimon cretensis inhabits areas with at least single higher growing herbs or bushes from the sea up to 1700m asl. It is most common often in thistle stands.

Life cycle:
The adults appear already in April and live until the summer drought. From August it is unlikely to encounter any individuals. The animals often sit in higher numbers on the thistle leaves etc. and perforate them.

Endangerment factors:
Poecilimon cretensis is still widespread and sometimes common in Crete. Nevertheless ist has already suffered great habitat loss especially in coastal areas due to hotel sprawl and urbanization especially in the north.

Remarks:
Poecilimon cretensis is endemic to Crete (Greece).



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