New data on the early stages and behaviour of the endangered species Callophrys mystaphia (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) and its first larval parasitoid, Cotesia sp. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae)
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 62(2): 391-399, 2022
Published online: 16th December 2022
Abstract: The early stages of a lycaenid butterfly, Miller’s Green Hairstreak
Callophrys mystaphia Miller, 1913, are photographed and presented for the first
time. Callophrys mystaphia is known to be endangered and is regarded to be
endemic to Turkey based on recent studies. The species is considered to be local
and isolated, with the likelihood of being one of the rarest butterfly species
in Turkey. The distribution of this species and its food plant, Rheum ribes L.
(Polygonaceae), in Turkey are investigated and the possible range of this
butterfly species is highlighted. New data on the early stages, phenology,
vertical distribution, and behaviour of adult and larva of C. mystaphia are
presented. The larva was found to have been attacked by a newly discovered
hymenopteran parasitoid species of the genus Cotesia Cameron, 1981 (Braconidae);
the cocoons and the adult parasitoid are illustrated.
Key words: Lepidoptera, Lycaenidae, Hymenoptera, Braconidae, biodiversity, biology, endemic, host plant, larval parasitoid, larval stages, Turkey, Palaearctic Region