Wageningen, Netherlands
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Sasic M.,Croatian Natural History Museum | Popovic M.,HabiProt | Cuvelier S.,Vlaamse Vereniging voor Entomologie | Duric M.,HabiProt | And 11 more authors.
Nota Lepidopterologica | Year: 2015

Albanian insect fauna is one of the least studied in Europe. In 2012 and 2013 surveys were undertaken with the aim of improving the knowledge of the distribution of butterflies, particularly in the southern part of the country. This research has resulted in the publication of three new species records for Albania. Here we add two new species to the list of native butterflies of Albania, Melitaea ornata Christoph, 1893 and Cupido alcetas (Hoffmannsegg, 1804). We recorded a total of 143 species including several confirmations of historical published records. The total number of species has consequently increased to 198, which is comparable with butterfly diversity in neighbouring countries. Unlike its neighbours, Albania has preserved many of its traditional agricultural practices and consequently its rich fauna has been well protected during the last decades. However, with the opening up of the country to outside influences this will undoubtedly change as the process of intensification has already started in more populated coastal areas. It is therefore imperative to identify important butterfly areas in need of conservation and to take decisive measures to preserve traditional agricultural practices.


Micevski N.,Macedonian Entomological Society ENTOMAK | Franeta F.,Serbian Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops | Gascoigne-Pees M.,Barretts Close | Micevski B.,Macedonian Entomological Society ENTOMAK | And 3 more authors.
Ecologica Montenegrina | Year: 2015

During field surveys conducted in Albania in 2014, we encountered 90 species of butterflies. Anthocharis damone Boisduval, 1836 is a new species for the fauna of Albania while Apatura metis Freyer, 1829 is confirmed for the country. With these discoveries the number of butterfly species known to occur in Albania has risen to 200 and our surveys added many new sites for species considered rare and local in Albania. In addition, the life cycles of Lycaena ottomana (Lefèbvre, 1830) and Apatura metis from Albania are documented and discussed.

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