Zygaena transalpina ssp hippocrepidis
         
     
La Zygène de l'hippocrepis  
           
 
'hippocrepidis' is now considered as a subspecies of Zygaena transalpina ; in France, ssp hippocrepidis is more widespread than ssp transalpina and flies in the Pyrénées.
 
   
1] male of Zygaena transalpina ssp hippocrepidis showing large & irregular spots unlike Zygaena transalpina ssp transalpina, the closely related subspecies - Var (France) - 05/06/2017   2] same specimen as 1] showing the wide and intense red suffusion on the underside of the forewing (essential identification criterion)
 
 
       
       
   
3] male alt.220m - Var (France) - 06/06/2014   4] same specimen as 3]  
       
       
   
5] male - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 07/07/2012   6] same specimen as 5]  
       
       
   
7] male - Var (France) - 16/06/2012   8] same specimen as 7]  
       
       
   
9] male from the Pyrénées, with relatively small spots - Hautes Pyrénées (France) - 14/07/2013   10] same specimen as 9]
 
 
       
       
   
11] male from the Pyrénées, with relatively small spots - Hautes Pyrénées (France) - 26/08/2014   12] same specimen as 11]
 
 
       
       
   
13] male from the Pyrénées - Hautes Pyrénées (France) - 26/08/2014   14] male with very large spots - Var (France) -  12/09/2014  
       
       
   
15] male - Var (France) - 21/05/2013
 
  16] same specimen as 15] showing an inconspicuous red belt, which is unusual in this species  
       
       
   
17] same specimen as 15]   18] same specimen as 15]  
       
       
   
19] other specimen (same place as 15]) - Var (France) - 21/05/2013   20] male - Var (France) - 06/06/2014  
       
       
   
21] male - Haute Saône (France) - 28/06/2009   22] same specimen as 21]  
       
       
   
23] male - Var (France) - 06/06/2014   24] male  - Haute Saône (France) - 28/06/2009  
       
       
   
25] other male - Haute Saône (France) - 28/06/2009
 
  26] male ; the edges of the red spots are often suffused with black scales - Haute Loire (France) - 23/07/2013  
       
       
   
27] male - Haute Loire (France) - 23/07/2013   28] same specimen as 27]  
       
       
   
29] male - Var (France) - 29/05/2014
 
  30] female of Zygaena transalpina ssp hippocrepidis - Var (France) - 27/06/2013  
       
       
   
31] female which emerged from the cocoon shown in picture 32] - Haute Saône (France) - 20/06/2010   32] cocoon with chrysalis left-overs - Haute Saône (France) - 20/06/2010  
       
       
   
33] female of Zygaena transalpina ssp hippocrepidis which emerged from the cocoon shown in picture 35] - Haute Saône (France) - 22/06/2010   34] same specimen as 33]

 
 
       
       
   
35] cocoon - Haute Saône (France) - 22/06/2010
 
  36] female of Zygaena transalpina ssp hippocrepidis - Var (France) - 28/04/2012  
       
       
   
37] other female - Var (France) - 28/04/2012   38] same specimen as 37]  
       
       
   
39] mating pair - Var (France) - 05/06/2017   40] same pair as 39]  
       
       
   
41] mating pair (female above) - Var (France) - 28/04/2012
 
  42] mating pair of Zygaena transalpina ssp hippocrepidis (female on the right) - Hautes Pyrénées (France) - 16/07/2012  
   
   
 
43] mating pair - Var (France) - 21/05/2013      
       
       
   
44] mating pair - Haute Loire (France) - 23/07/2013
 
  45] female looking for a suitable place for egg-laying - Var (France) - 27/06/2013  
       
       
   
46] same specimen as 45] laying on Hippocrepis comosa   47] close-up of the clutch laid by the female from picture 45]  
       
       
   
48] young larva found near Hippocrepis comosa - Var (France) - 23/03/2014   49] young larva on Coronilla minima - Var (France) - 30/04/2017
 
 
       
       
   
50] mature larva - Var (France) - 15/03/2014   51] same larva as 50]  
       
       
   
52] mature larva - Var (France) - 11/04/2017   53] same larva as 52]  
       
       
   
54] caterpillar - Hautes Pyrénées (France) - 13/07/2013   55] same larva as 54]  
       
       
   
56] other caterpillar - Hautes Pyrénées (France) - 13/07/2013   57] cocoon - Var (France) - 19/04/2014  
       
       
   
58] same cocoon as 57]
 
  59] same cocoon as 58] after the butterfly emerged on the 08th of May, 2014  
       
       
       
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