Copyright: Per Hoffmann Olsen

Zygaena (Zygaena) ephialtes (Linnaeus, 1758)

Most of the spots are white, but the first two to four are red or orange. A clearly red or orange ring on the abdomen. Hindwings are dark with 1 white spot.

Flight-period Central Europe:

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Imago

Conservation Status:

  NE DD LC NT VU EN CR RE EX
Austria [*1]

 

  • English:
  • German/Austrian: Veränderliches Rotwidderchen
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  • Image: 1920x1080
  • Location: Austria, Wien, Kalksburg
  • Date: 08/07/2017
  • Copyright: Per Hoffmann Olsen
  • Camera: Canon EOS 50D
  • Lens: Sigma 150mm APO Macro

 

The Amata phegea is mimicking the Z. ephialtes. If you compare these two species you can immediately see that they are different. The Z. ephialtes is very variable, this is the red form, the yellow/white form is very similar to A. phegea.

The mimicry is for an obvious reason - Z. ephialtes is poisonous.

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