Zygaena occitanica (Villers, 1789)


Zygaena occitanica: Male (Provence, France) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Female (e.l. Provence, France) [S] Zygaena occitanica: Female [S] Zygaena occitanica: Adult (e.p. Spain, CastellÚn, cocoon in July 2013) [S] Zygaena occitanica: Adult (e.p. Spain, CastellÚn, cocoon in July 2013) [S] Zygaena occitanica: Male (eastern Spain, Tarragona, July 2013) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Female (Tarragona, July 2013) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Adult (Tarragona, July 2013) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Female (Tarragona, July 2013) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Mating (eastern Spain, tarragona, July 2013) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Mating (eastern Spain, tarragona, July 2013) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Mating (eastern Spain, tarragona, July 2013) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Mating (eastern Spain, tarragona, July 2013) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Male [N] Zygaena occitanica: Half-grown larva (Provence, France, April 2011) [M] Zygaena occitanica: Larva [M] Zygaena occitanica: Larva (Provence, France) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Larva (Provence, France) [M] Zygaena occitanica: Larva (Provence, France) [M] Zygaena occitanica: Larva (Provence, France) [M] Zygaena occitanica: Larva (Provence, France) [M] Zygaena occitanica: Larva (Provence, France) [N] Zygaena occitanica: Larva (Provence, France) [S] Zygaena occitanica: Cocoon attached to a grass blade in some decimeters above ground (quite rare). Eastern Spain, CastellÚn, July 2013. [N] Zygaena occitanica: Habitat in the Provence, France at larval time in May [N] Zygaena occitanica: Habitat in E-Spain (Tarragona, July 2013) [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar lives on Dorycnium pentaphyllum, according to literature also on Lotus.

Habitat:
Zygaena occitanica inhabits the maquis, garrigues, scrub, dry grasslands, mountain slopes, dry river gorges, very sparse forests and bushland with the most important host plant Dorycnium.

Life cycle:
The larvae are easy to shake off the Dorycnium bushes. I found them this way in Provence in late April and May. The moths fly in July/August.

Remarks:
Zygaena occitanica occurs in Atlanto-Mediterranean dissemination from Andalusia across the Iberian Peninsula and Southern France to Liguria.



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