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Sephisa princeps (Fixsen, 1887)

Самец  (Sephisa princeps)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Nymphalidae subfamily Apaturinae genus Sephisa → species Sephisa princeps

Species name(s)

Sephisa princeps (Fixsen, 1887) = Apatura princeps Fixsen, 1887 = Sephisa dichroa princeps Fixsen, 1887 = Apatura cauta Leech, 1887 = Spehisa dichroa princeps = Sephisa princeps albomacula.


Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#40. Primorsky.

Flight time

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

Over-wintering stage


Самка  (Sephisa princeps)

Detailed information with references

Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The color sefizy pronounced sexual dimorphism. The wings of the male top orange with black veins mesh. Below, they resemble a mosaic composed of black, white and orange elements. The female top wings are black with white spots and a small blue spot at the base of the front wing. [119]. Irina Nikulina.


  • Regions of the Russian Federation: Seaside. [3]. Peter Khramov.


  • Mid-July-end of August [2]. Irina Nikulina.

Additional info about Imago

  • Sefiza leads a secretive life. Sefizy male can usually be found at the puddles, wet roads and areas along the banks of streams. Females usually stay in the trees, only occasionally gathering of the land to the streams and puddles on forest roads [2]. Irina Nikulina.

Larva food plants

  • Quercus mongolica Fisch. ex Turcz .. (Mongolian oak) [2]. Irina Nikulina.

Additional info about Larva

  • Caterpillars green with two brownish-red spikes on his head, dotted with sharp spines and two cusps on the anal segment, on the back of two pairs of white spots. [2]. Irina Nikulina.
  • House, where caterpillars overwinter sefizy, is a sheet of oak, about halfway rolled into a tube. It was found that the caterpillars settled into a ready-made home. In developing many types of oak-leaf-butterflies. Track curtail some of them leaves the tube. Subsequently, many tubes are empty.These houses are female sefizy and lay their eggs. These ducts caterpillars live in the early stages of development. Inside the tube, huddled close to each other, sit a few small (5-6 mm long) gusenichek. Appeared in the same summer the caterpillars grow a little and stay for the winter.They prepare your house for a long hibernation, firmly attaching the leaf to the twig, ridding it of rubbish and is lined with silk inside. In late May, markedly grown caterpillars leave the house, the cost of the next branch and live independently. Spring color and shape of the tracks perfectly replicate the bud scales.Adult caterpillars prefer to sit on the top, very smooth side of a sheet. To keep them, the caterpillars spin "mat" of fibers. On such a sheet with a rug they rest and feed go to the neighboring leaves. [119]. Irina Nikulina.


  • Pupa green with a whitish bloom on the chest and the head Personal communication. Irina Nikulina.

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar [119]. Irina Nikulina.

Subspecies Sephisa princeps


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Vladimir Mescheryakov, Irina Nikulina.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Irina Nikulina.

Main characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Sergei Kotov.



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29.01.2014 11:07, Sergei Kotov Corrected data.

Zoogeographical regions: No formalized data → Palaearctic. Flight time: August, September → July, August. Over-wintering stage: No formalized data → Larva.

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