Melanargia titea

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Levantine marbled white
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Melanargia
Species: M. titea
Binomial name
Melanargia titea
(Klug, 1832)[2]

Melanargia titea, the Levantine marbled white, is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. It is found in Syria, the Palestinian Territories, Israel, Armenia, Iran and Turkey.

The wingspan is about 55 mm. Adults are on wing from April to June.[3]

The larvae feed on Gramineae and Poaceae species.

Subspecies[edit]

  • Melanargia titea titea
  • Melanargia titea wiskotti (Röber, 1896) (Turkey)

Taxonomy[edit]

Recent research suggest Melanargia titea is in fact a subspecies of Melanargia larissa, while Melanargia titea wiskotti is raised to full-species rank.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ van Swaay, C.; Wynhoff, I.; Wiemers, M.; Katbeh-Bader, A.; Power, A.; Benyamini, D.; Tzirkalli, E.; Balletto, E.; Monteiro, E.; Karaçetin, E.; Franeta, F.; Pe'er, G.; Welch, H.; Thompson, K.; Pamperis, L.; Dapporto, L.; Šašić, M.; López Munguira, M.; Micevski, N.; Dupont, P.; Garcia-Pereira, P.; Moulai, R.; Caruana, R.; Verovnik, R.; Bonelli, S.; Beshkov, S. (2015). "Melanargia titea". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T62148584A62152854. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-2.RLTS.T62148584A62152854.en. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Melanargia Meigen, 1828" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms
  3. ^ treknature
  4. ^ Molecular systematics and phylogeny of the ‘Marbled Whites’ (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae, Satyrinae, Melanargia Meigen) Archived 2012-10-07 at the Wayback Machine.