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Zygaena fausta (Linnaeus, 1767)

Самец и самка  (Zygaena fausta)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Zygaenoidea family Zygaenidae subfamily Zygaeninae genus Zygaena subgenus Agrumenia → species Zygaena fausta

Species name(s)

Zygaena (Agrumenia) fausta (Linnaeus, 1767) = Sphinx fausta Linnaeus, 1767 = Zygaena faustina Ochsenheimer, 1908 = Zygaena baetica Ramburs, 1839 = Zygaena faustula Rambur, 1866 = Zygaena mauritanica Mabille, 1885 = Anthocera mabillei Kirby, 1892 = Zygaena gibraltarica Tremewan, 1961 = Zygaena almerica Burgeff, 1963 = Zygaena aitanae Burgeff & Klaue, 1968 = Zygaena resender Burgeff, 1969 = Zygaena (Agrumenia) fausta = Zygaena cerialis Burgeff 1963 = Zygaena nicaeae Staudinger 1871 = Zygaena pygmaeoides Burgeff 1926 = Zygaena segregata Reiss 1932.


Zoogeographical regions


Forewing length

11—12 mm.

Primary colors

Red, Yellow, Brown/Gray/Black.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Over-wintering stage


Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing just 1.2 cm, but red spots on it are merged, so even with yellow rims and rear wings - red-orange. Kind of very variable in each isolated part of the area has its own shape. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Switzerland. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Andorra, Austria, Hungary ?, Germany, Gibraltar, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Monaco, Portugal (mainland), France (mainland), Switzerland. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Southern France, rarely found in Germany. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • From mid-July to mid-August. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • It occurs only on a very warm, calcareous soils with sparse vegetation, rare. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • From September to June. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Coronilla. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Coronilla. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar overwinters. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Zygaena fausta


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photo: Diego Reggianti.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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30.01.2014 20:32, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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