Zygaena minos

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Zygaena minos
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Zygaenidae
Genus: Zygaena
Species: Z. minos
Binomial name
Zygaena minos
(Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
  • Sphinx minos Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775
  • Zygaena pimpinellae Guhn, 1931

Zygaena minos is a member of the family Zygaenidae. It is found in most of Europe, except Ireland, Great Britain, the Benelux, the Iberian Peninsula and Norway.[1]

The wingspan is 33–37 mm. It flies in June and July.

The white-gray larvae feed on Pimpinella saxifraga and Eryngium species.

The species is only found in a few places in Denmark, and the population there is slowly declining.


  • Zygaena minos minos
  • Zygaena minos normanna Verity 1922
  • Zygaena minos peloponnesica Holik, 1937
  • Zygaena minos sareptensis Rebel, 1901
  • Zygaena minos viridescens Burgeff, 1926


Top-Jensen, M & Fibiger, M., 2099. Danmarks sommerfugle. Bugbook Publisher: pp. 40