Full scientific name:
Arethusana arethusa (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
Flight Period and Life Cycle
1 brood per year. Overwinters as caterpillar.
Distribution in Croatia
The butterfly is common in the hinterland of the coast. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
The veins are prominent on both sides of the wings. The upper side of the wings is brown in color with orange spots in postdiscal zone. The underside of the hindwing is brown in color. Additionally, in postdiscal zone, there is a bright band.
Imago often feeds on eryngo nectar. When it lands, it rarely opens its wings.
Caterpillar Host Plants
It likes dry and warm meadows on rocky areas next to the downy oak (Quercus pubescens) and maquis. Elevations: 100-1400m.