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Zygaena filipendulae (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Zygaena filipendulae)


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

Species name(s)

Zygaena (Zygaena) filipendulae (Linnaeus, 1758) = Sphinx filipendulae Linnaeus, 1758 = Adscita aries Retzius, 1783 = Sphinx chrysanthemi Borkhausen, 1789 = Sphinx lavandulae Hübner, 1790 = Sphinx stoechadis Borkhausen, 1793 = Shinx filipendulae major Esper, 1794 = Sphinx medicaginis Hübner, 1796 = Sphinx cytisi Hübner, 1796 = Zygaena charon Boisduval, 1834 = Zygaena ochsenheimeri Zeller, 1847 = Zygaena ramburii Herrich-Schäffer, 1861 = Zygaena mersina Herrich-Schäffer, 1861 = Zygaena gurda Lederer, 1861 = Zygaena syriaca Oberthür, 1896 = Zygaena rosa Oberthür, 1909 = Zygaena (Zygaena) filipendulae = Anthrocera filipendulae.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky.

Forewing length

18—20 mm.

Primary colors

Red, Green, 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

Имаго  (Zygaena filipendulae)

Detailed information with references

Synonyms and combinations

  • Anthrocera filipendulae [11]. Peter Khramov.

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing - exactly 2 cm. On a black or greenish background of each of the front wings are 6 red spots. UnlikeZygaena trifolii, for which there are only five. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • The front wings are metallic green or bluish, with five red spots. The hind wings are bright red. The antennae are thickened to the end, and at the very edge - pointed. Abdomen thick. [11]. Peter Khramov.


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1]. Peter Khramov.
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, Central European, European southern taiga, the Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Mid-Volzhsky. [3]. Peter Khramov.
  • Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, British Isles, the Vatican, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Ireland, Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland) Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands,Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands, Poland, Russia, Romania, San Marino, Northern Ireland, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10]. Peter Khramov.
  • Europe up to 61 ° N. w. In the mountains up to 2000 m. [5]. Peter Khramov.


  • July August. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Additional info about Imago

  • Tavolgovye zygaenidae - day inmates dry lawns, marsh and heath areas. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • If you grab the butterflies, they play dead plus emit droplets of thick yellow liquid with a pungent odor. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Larva lifespan

  • August-June. [5]. Peter Khramov.

Larva food plants

  • Lotus, Dorycnium. [28]. Peter Khramov.
  • Lyadvenets (Lotus corniculatus), coronilla Mining (Coronilla coronata) and other herbs. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Plantain (Plantago), coronilla (Coronílla), Lyadvenets (Lotus), clover (Trifolium), Horseshoe (Hippocrepis), Oxytropis (Oxytropis) Personal communication. Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Additional info about Larva

  • Track Zygaena filipendulae small, greenish-yellow, with a few hairs, build a cocoon on leaf petioles. [5]. Peter Khramov.
  • Track zygaenidae thick and clumsy. [11]. Peter Khramov.

Subspecies Zygaena filipendulae


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vlad Proklov.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.

Color characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov.



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