Zygaena sarpedon

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Zygaena sarpedon
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Zygaenidae
Genus: Zygaena
Species: Z. sarpedon
Binomial name
Zygaena sarpedon
(Hübner, 1790)[1]
  • Sphinx sarpedon Hübner, 1790
  • Sphinx trimaculata Esper, 1794
  • Zygaena balearica Boisduval, [1828]
  • Zygaena bethunei Reiss, 1927
  • Zygaena althetica Reiss, 1966
  • Zygaena benidormica Reiss, 1966
  • Zygaena escorialica Reiss, 1936
  • Zygaena zapateri Reiss, 1936
  • Zygaena andorica G. & H. Reiss, 1976

Zygaena sarpedon is a moth of the Zygaenidae family. It is found in France, Italy and on the Iberian Peninsula.

The wingspan is 24–28 mm. Adults are on wing from May to August depending on the location. There is one generation per year.

The larvae feed on Eryngium species, including Eryngium campestre,[2] Eryngium bourgatti and Eryngium maritimum. Larvae can be found from April to May in Italy. Pupation takes place in a blackish-brown pupa in a whitish cocoon spun on the underside of the host plant, under rocks or in low vegetation.[3]


  • Zygaena sarpedon sarpedon
  • Zygaena sarpedon algecirensis Reiss, 1927
  • Zygaena sarpedon balearica Boisduval, [1828]
  • Zygaena sarpedon hispanica Rambur, 1866
  • Zygaena sarpedon carmencita Oberthur, 1910
  • Zygaena sarpedon confluenta Reiss, 1927
  • Zygaena sarpedon hispanica Rambur, 1866
  • Zygaena sarpedon leuzensis Dujardin, 1956
  • Zygaena sarpedon lusitanica Reiss, 1936
  • Zygaena sarpedon pictonorum Bernardi & Viette 1959
  • Zygaena sarpedon variabilis Burgeff 1926
  • Zygaena sarpedon xerophila Dujardin 1956

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