Volume 36 (2013)

  Systematics and Zoogeography

S.K. Korb
Notes on the nomenclature of the Palaearctic butteflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionoformes) established in the book of H.C.Lang “Rhopalocera Europæ descripta et delineate”.

 SUMMARY. In the present paper the data on butterfly taxa from Middle Asia described in the poorly known book by H.C.Lang “Rhopalocera Europæ descripta et delineate” are given, and necessary nomenclatural clarifications are listed. The following new synonymy is established: Hypermnestra helios maxima Lang, 1884 = H. h. maxima Groum-Grshimailo, 1890, syn.n., Polyommatus amor (Lang, 1884) = P. amor (Staudinger, 1886), syn.n. The lectotypes for Lycaena pretiosa Lang, 1884, L. amor Lang, 1884, Polyommatus sultan (Lang, 1884), Lycaena iris (Lang, 1884) are designated. The new authorship and publication data for Hypermnestra helios maxima Lang, 1884, Plebeius eversmanni (Lang, 1884), Polyommatus amor (Lang, 1884) are established.


S.K. Korb, L.V. Bolshakov
Is Euphydryas cf. aurinia emba (Fruhstorfer, [1917]) a synonym of Euphydryas aurinia sareptana (Staudinger, 1871)? (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae).

 SUMMARY. The lectotype of Melitaea aurinia emba Fruhstorfer, [1917] is designated. This taxon is a separate calciphilous subspecies of Euphydryas cf. aurinia (Rottemburg, 1775) but not synonym of Euphydryas aurinia sareptana (Staudinger, 1871).

  Ecology and Faunistics

A.A. Benediktov
Acoustical finding of the natural hybrid male grasshopper from “Chorthippus biguttulus ľ group” (Orthoptera: Acrididae) in Kaluga Province.

 SUMMARY. The natural hybrid male grasshopper from “Chorthippus biguttulus ľ group” found in Kaluga province (Russia). Its hybrid calling song is recorded and described. Oscillogramms are presented.


L.V. Bolshakov, A.V. Sviridov, S.G. Mazurov, I.Yu. Kostrikin, M.N. Tsurikov
On the fauna of Lepidoptera of Lipetsk Province. Addition 2.

 SUMMARY. Additions and corrections to the list of Lepidoptera of Lipetsk Province are presented, which is comprised of 285 species new to the province, incl. 100 new to Central Chernozem'e region, 21 (Cryptrocochylis conjunctana (Mann, 1864), Cochylimorpha meridiana (Staudinger, 1859), Olethreutes spiraeanus V.Kuznetzov, 1962, Celypha capreolana (Herrich-Schäffer, 1951), Thiodia sulphurana (Christoph, 1888), Pelochrista apheliana (Kennel, 1901), Dichrorampha eximia (Danilevsky, 1948), Adscita albanica (Naufock, 1926), Jordanita subsolana (Staudinger, 1862), Procapperia sp. pr. linariae (Chrétien, 1922), Glyptoteles leucacrinella Zeller, 1848, Euzophera bigella (Zeller, 1848), Cadra cautella (Walker, 1863), Udea costalis (Eversmann, 1852), U. accolalis (Zeller, 1867), Idaea mancipiata repagulata (Prout, 1934), Eilema pygmaeolum (Doubleday, 1847), Pelosia obtusa (Herrich-Schäffer, [1852]), Acontia melanura (Tauscher, 1809), EpisemÓ glaucinÓ (Esper, 1789), Hecatera cappa (Hübner, 1809)) are new to Central European Russia, and Grapholita cotoneastri (Danilevsky, 1968) is new to Europe. Confirmed as occurring in Russia are Epermenia petrusella (Heylaerts, 1883) (previously dubiously reported from Kaluga province) and, probably, Procapperia sp. pr. linariae (Chrétien, 1922) (reported as probable from Northern Caucasus). Additionally, new data is provided for 10 species (Clepsis neglectana (Herrich-Schäffer, 1851), Cydia triangulella (Goeze, 1783), Zygaena cynarae (Esper, 1789), Z. angelicae Ochsenheimer, 1808, Porritia galactodactyla ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775), Đarcharodus flocciferus (Zeller, 1847), Nymphalis xanthomelas ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775), Fixsenia acaciae (Fabricius, 1787), Plebeius idas (Linnaeus, 1761), Pelosia muscerda (Hufnagel, 1766)), previously reported after old collections or dubiously, rectifications are given for 40 more, previous dubious records are discussed, 10 of which are retained as such. Five species are excluded from the list for the province, the only known specimens were reidentified as: Hypochalcia dignella (Hübner, 1796) (reidentified as H. propinquella (Eversmann, 1842)), Epirrhoe hastulata (Hübner, 1792) (reidentified as E. tristata (Linnaeus, 1758)), Cyclophora linearia (Hübner, 1799) (reidentified as C. punctaria (Linnaeus, 1758)), Parocneria detrita (Esper, 1783) (reidentified as melanic Lymantria monacha (Linnaeus, 1758)) and Acontia titania (Esper, 1798) (reidentified as A. melanura (Tauscher, 1809)). Several records are qualified as: northernmost for — Catoptria lythargyrella (Hübner, 1796), Peribatodes rhomboidaria ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775), Phaiogramma etruscaria (Zeller, 1849), Idaea rusticata ([Denis et Schiffermüller, 1775]), I. degeneraria (Hübner, 1799), Scopula flaccidaria (Zeller, 1852), Watsonarctia deserta (Bartel, 1902), Cryphia fraudatricula (Hübner, [1803]), Apamea lithoxylaea ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775), Mythimna l-album (Linnaeus, 1767); southernmost for Scythris seliniella (Zeller, 1839), Epirranthis diversata ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775), Macaria brunneata (Thunberg, 1794), Hydriomena impluviata ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775); easternmost for Ptilodon cucullina ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775).


L.V. Bolshakov, S.╩. Alekseev, S.Yu. Sinev, A.V. Sviridov, V.V. Anikin
Additions and corrections on the fauna and oecology of Kaluga province Lepidoptera. 6.

 SUMMARY. Additions and corrections to the list of Lepidoptera of Kaluga Province are presented based on collections material of 2010ľ2013 and the analysis of published data. An annotated list of 32 species is presented, with 21 species being recorded as new to the ­rovince, including Casignetella succursella (Herrich-Schäffer, 1855), Grapholita gemmiferana (Treitschke, 1835), Glyptoteles leucacrinella Zeller, 1848 Ŕ Euzophera bigella (Zeller, 1848) — as new to Central Russia, the rest being local, rare or demanding further investigation. Additionally, recent records are reported for several species previously known from material collected more than 30 years ago, ţccurence of Boloria aquilonaris (Stichel, 1908) previously recorded only in the early XXth century is confirmed. Also provided are northernmost records in European Russia for Acrobasis obtusella (Hübner, 1796) and Idaea rufaria (Hübner, 1799).


S.A. Knyazev, V.V. Rogalyov, K.B. Ponomaryov, V.Yu. Teploukhov
New records of Butterflies and Moths (Lepidoptera) in Omsk Province.

 SUMMARY. 47 species are reported for the fauna of Omsk Province for a first time. 5 of these are reported for the first time from West Siberia.


A.G. Tatarinov, O.I. Kulakova
The outbreak of Nymphalis xanthomelas ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) ţn the European North-East of Russia.

 SUMMARY. Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis xanthomelas ([Denis et Schiffermüller], 1775)) encountered mainly in the Ural Mountains and in Hypoarctic areas in the North-East of Europe. Only sporadic finds of this species are known in the taiga zone of the Russian plain. However, N. xanthomelas has quickly spread here between 2012 and 2013, the outbreak of this species was observed in the greater part of the lowland taiga. In many areas willow branches were heavily damaged by the caterpillars, and the density of butterflies exceeded 500 individuals / sq. km. The cause of this phenomenon is obviously the series of dry and hot summers in the Eastern Europe in the past three years.


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