Full scientific name:
Thymelicus acteon (Rottemburg, 1775)
Flight Period and Life Cycle
1 brood per year. Overwinters as caterpillar.
Distribution in Croatia
Common in the coastal area. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
The upper side is a bit more brownish than siblings from genus Thymelicus. The basal zone of the undersides of the forewing is dark. In females, there is a semicircular series of bright markings on the upper side of the forewing. The mentioned bright markings are often absent in males. On the upper side of the forewing, in males, there is a long and thin curved dark andocronia line from V1 to V3 veins. Additionally, in males, in the lateral view, the tip of abdomen is longer than the edge of the wing in S2 zone. In females, the tip of abdomen is noticeable shorter.
Often rests on blades of grass.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Grasses family (Poaceae).
Dry and hot grass meadows with bushes. Elevations: 0-1000m.