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Allancastria caucasica (Lederer, 1864)

Vazrick Nazari
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Containing group: Allancastria


The life history and ecology of A. caucasica has been studied in detail by Hensle (1993), Nardelli (1993a, 1993b), Hesselbarth et al. (1995), and von Stetten (2002). Described originally as a subspecies of A. cerisy, A. caucasica was first given species status by Kuhna (1977). Hesselbarth et al. (1995) provided synonymies for A. caucasica (Type locality: Kutaisi, Georgia), including A. c. tkatschukovi Sheljuzhko, 1927 (Type locality: Sotshi, Caucasus), A. c. cachetica Sheljuzhko, 1927 (Type locality: Lagodechi, SE Caucasus), and A. c. abanti Koçak, 1975 (Type locality: Abant Golu, Bolu prov., Turkey).

Geographical Distribution

This species is distributed from the Black Sea and southern Russia (southern Caucasus Mountains) to Georgia and northeast Turkey (Hesselbarth et al., 1995).

Larval Food Plant

Larvae feed on Aristolochia pontica, A. pallida, and A. iberica (Carbonell 1996; Hesselbarth et al. 1995). In captivity, larvae also tolerate A. pistolochia and A. rotunda (Nardelli, 1993a, 1993b; Carbonell, 1996).


Carbonell, F., 1996. Contribution à la connaissance du genre Allancastria Bryk (1934): Morphologie, biologie et écologie d’Allancastria cretica (Rebel, 1904) (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Linneana Belgica 15: 303-308.

Hensle, J., 1993. Beobachtungen bei westanatolischen Osterluzeifaltern (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Nachrichten entomologische Vereins Apollo Frankfurt/Main, 14: 289-299.

Hesselbarth, G., van Oorschot, H., Wagener, S., 1995. Die Tagfalter der Türkei. 1. 754 pp. Bocholt, Selbstverlag Sigbert Wagener.

Koçak, A.Ö., 1975. New Lepidoptera from Turkey. I. Atalanta (Würzburg) 6: 24-30.

Kuhna, P., 1977. Über Allancastria in Kleinasien (Lep. Papilionidae). Atalanta (Würzburg) 8: 99-107.

Nardelli, U., 1993a. Bemerkungen zur Zucht einiger Zerynthiini und Parnassiini (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Entomologische Zeitschrift 103: 213-228.

Nardelli, U., 1993b. Zur Biologie einer wenig bekannten Zerynthiinae: Allancastria caucasica tkatschukovi Sheljuzhko (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Entomologische Zeitschrift 103: 409-428.

Sheljuzhko, L., 1927. Zerynthia (Thais) cerisyi God. in Transcaucasien. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift Iris 41: 197-204; Tafel III.

von Stetten, M., 2002. Zum Sympatrischen auftreten von Zerynthia (Allancastria) caucasica (Lederer, 1864) und Zerynthia (Zerynthia) polyxena ([Denis and Schiffermüller], 1775) in der südwestlichen Schwarzmeerregion (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). Entomologische Zeitschrift 112: 53-57.

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Scientific Name Allancastria caucasica
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Sex Male
Copyright © 2006
Scientific Name Allancastria caucasica
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Sex Female
Copyright © 2006
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Vazrick Nazari
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes, Ottawa, Canada

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