|Illustration from John Curtis's British Entomology Volume 6|
(Dennis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Lycia zonaria is found from Central Europe East to the Urals (Russia). The populations in England and Wales are ssp. britannica, those from the Urals are ssp. rossica . The nominate subspecies is found in the South West of Spain and France, but is missing in the Mediterranean.The Northern occurrence ranges to Denmark and southern Sweden.
The wingspan is 27–30 mm. Females are wingless.Males: variable, but always easy to recognize. Characteristic are the dark veins and broad dark distal area, bounded proximally and traversed by sharply white lines. female: distinguished by its yellowish abdominal belts. The rudimentary white wings are common to the genus.
Adult males are on wing from March to April.
The species is a typical resident of dry grassland, occurring at forest edges, sandy slopes and heaths.
- Lycia zonaria zonaria
- Lycia zonaria rossica (Harrison, 1910)
- Lycia zonaria britannica (Harrison, 1912)
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