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John E.,Coach House | Stefanescu C.,Museu de Ciencies Naturals de Granollers | Honey M.R.,Natural History Museum in London | Crawford M.,Greenacre | Taylor D.,38 Burleigh Road
Entomologist's Gazette | Year: 2015

Ceremonial releases of the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus (Linnaeus, 1758), are shown as the probable reason for unexpected sightings of this species in Cyprus and Ibiza. Further enquiries revealed that such releases are not uncommon in Catalonia and elsewhere in Spain. The presence of D. plexippus in southern coastal areas of the Iberian Peninsula has been recognised for decades, but these are the first known reports of this danaine species on the Mediterranean islands of Ibiza and Cyprus. The impact of releases on biogeographical studies of D. plexippus in the Mediterranean and the possibilities for further colonisation are discussed. Source


Little has been written about Ypthima asterope (Klug, 1832) in its eastern Mediterranean range, which extends from the Aegean islands of Samos, Symi and Rhodes in the west to Kastellorizo (= Megisti), Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Jordan in the east. The origin of Y. asterope in the eastern Mediterranean is discussed and within the constraints of a broadly ecological paper, we comment on the possibility of Y. asterope asterope not extending further eastwards than the Gulf of Oman. A natural variation in wing morphology led earlier authors to claim the presence of a Mediterranean subspecies: examination of specimens from Cyprus and Rhodes shows no evidence of genitalic differences. Increasingly, tourism poses a potential threat on some Mediterranean islands, although the status of Y. asterope is not yet considered to be at serious risk. Pressure from tourism is a concern on Cyprus in particular, where the stronghold for this species is concentrated in vulnerable coastal areas. A detailed, illustrated account of the lifecycle of Y. asterope is provided and a probable new host-plant, Hyparrhenia hirta (Linnaeus), is introduced. Source


John E.,Coach House | Haines D.H.,56 Vesta Road | Haines H.M.,56 Vesta Road
Entomologist's Gazette | Year: 2011

Chazara persephone (Hübner, 1803) has not been reported from Cyprus since the early 1900s, and has never, as far as is known, been observed in the forested areas of the north. The species is present in mainland countries to the north and east of Cyprus, but is not known as an obligate migrant. On the basis of a single, rather indistinct photograph we consider the likelihood of C. persephone having persisted undiscovered on the island for nearly a century. Source


John E.,Coach House | Sparrow R.,P. O. Box 62624 | Sparrow D.J.,P. O. Box 62624
Entomologist's Gazette | Year: 2015

Throughout most of April 2014, large numbers of migrant Lepidoptera were observed across the island of Cyprus. Here, we report briefly on the arrival of first immigrants towards the end of March and on the persistence of a significant migration, specifically of Vanessa cardui, throughout April. In addition, we comment on the presence of unusually large numbers of migrant moths, particularly of the families Sphingidae and Noctuidae. Source


Eddie J.,Coach House | Martin W.,University of Vienna | Martin W.,Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research | Makris C.,Ethnikis Antistaseos 21 | Russell P.,Oakmeadow
Entomologist's Gazette | Year: 2013

Molecular analysis of Pontia specimens from Cyprus has shown incontrovertibly that the species present on the island is Pontia daplidice. Examination of additional Pontia specimens from adjacent mainland countries of the Levant indicates that Cyprus was populated from the south-east or east, not from the north (Turkey). In addition to the previously established use of Cleome ibérica by the related Pontia chloridice, the authors report on the first use of this hostplant by P. daplidice in the Levant. Source

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