Gonepteryx cleopatra (Linnaeus, 1767)


Gonepteryx cleopatra: Male (east Spain, Tarragona, July 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Male (e.l. Provence 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Hibernated male (Crete, May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Male crushed on a street (east Spain, Tarragona, July 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Hibernated female at the end of its lifespan (Provence, Ste. Baume, early June 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Female (east Spain, July 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Male after the hibernation (May, Provence, France) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Male (Provence, France, June 2009) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Egg (Provence, Ste. Baume, early June 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Egg (Provence, Ste. Baume, early June 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Egg (Provence, Ste. Baume, early June 2013) [M] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Egg (Provence, Ste. Baume, early June 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Egg (Provence, Ste. Baume, early June 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: L1 (e.o. Provence 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Young larva (e.o. Provence 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva in penultimate instar (Provence 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva in penultimate instar (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, France) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, France, May 2006) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, France, May 2006) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva (Provence, Massif de la Sainte Baume, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Prepupa (e.l. Provence 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Pupa (e.l. Provence 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Pupa (e.l. Provence 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Pupa (e.l. Provence 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Pupa (e.l. Provence 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Pupa (e.l. Provence 2013) [S] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larva in larval habitat (Provence, late May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larval habitat (Provence, May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larval habitat (Provence, May 2013). The Rhamnus bush stood in the heat in front of a rocky embankment. [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Larval habitat (Provence, May 2013) [N] Gonepteryx cleopatra: Habitat in the Provence, France [N]

Host plants:
The larva feeds mainly on Rhamnus spp. I found caterpillars at Rhamnus alaternus (Provence).

Habitat:
Gonepteryx cleopatra inhabits grove-rich sites from the Mediterranean maquis to the sparse and dry woods.

Life cycle:
The hibernating butterflies fly from late June to next May/June. They live up to 10 months or even longer. The caterpillars are observed mainly between April and June.

Remarks:
Gonepteryx cleopatra is distributed from Northwest Africa across the Mediterranean with most of the islands to the east (Asia Minor, Middle East).



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