Kirinia roxelana (Cramer, 1777)

Kirinia roxelana: Adult (e.l. Samos 2009) [S] Kirinia roxelana: Adult lower side (e.l. Samos 2009) [N] Kirinia roxelana: Larva (Samos, early May 2009) [N] Kirinia roxelana: Larva [N] Kirinia roxelana: Larva [N] Kirinia roxelana: head dorsal [N] Kirinia roxelana: Head lateral [N] Kirinia roxelana: Praepupa at the bottom of a rock at a lower leaf side of Parietaria (Samos, May 2009) [N] Kirinia roxelana: Pupa [S] Kirinia roxelana: Pupa [S] Kirinia roxelana: Larval habitat: bushy rocks with sparse grasses, Samos, May 2009 [N]

Host plants:
The caterpillar feeds on more broadleaved grasses that grow in crevices or at the base of stone walls and embankments.

Kirinia roxelana inhabits warm and dry, rocky or stony areas with woods, olive groves with stone walls, edges of forests and similar locations.

Life cycle:
The adults fly in a single generation from May (rarely already in late April) to July (sometimes August). The caterpillar overwinters. I observed fully-grown caterpillars, prepupae and pupae (spun in the vegetation) in Samos in the first week of May (2009).

Endangerment factors:
Kirinia roxelana is endangered little (common causes: agricultural intensification, overbuilding).

The distribution ranges from southern Croatia and Bulgaria across the southern Balkan Peninsula, many Aegean islands, Turkey and Israel to northern Iran.

Kirinia climene