BUTTERFLY SURVEYS IN ALBANIA DURING 2014 INCLUDING THE DISCOVERY OF TWO NEW SPECIES FOR THE COUNTRY

Nikola Micevski, Filip Franeta, Martin Gascoigne-Pees, Branko Micevski, Rudi Verovnik

Abstract


During field surveys conducted in Albania in 2014, we encountered 90 species of butterflies. Anthocharis damone Boisduval, 1836 is a new species for the fauna of Albania while Apatura metis Freyer, 1829 is confirmed for the country. With these discoveries the number of butterfly species known to occur in Albania has risen to 200 and our surveys added many new sites for species considered rare and local in Albania. In addition, the life cycles of Lycaena ottomana (Lefèbvre, 1830) and Apatura metis from Albania are documented and discussed.

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Lepidoptera; faunistics; diversity; distribution; rearing.

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