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Tomares romanovi (22)
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INSECTA-LEPIDOPTERA-LYCAENIDAE
Tomares romanovi, (Christoph,1882)
The Romanoff's Vernal Copper

Turkish Name: Romanov Gelinciği Kelebeği

Distribution in Turkey: East Anatolia, Southeast Anatolia.

Distribution in the world: Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Iran and Turkmenistan.

Living Area: Semi–deserts, dry meadows, steppes, grasslands near the timberline at the altitudes of 1,300–2,200 meters above sea level. Mostly bare, rocky slopes, but also lush flowery meadows.

Flight time: Flies in a single generation. Flying from, mid-May to mid-June to early July above 2000 meters.


Food Plants of the caterpillar: Caterpillars develop Astragalus species feeds on plants. Milk Vetch (Astragalus spp.)

Description-Notes: Type locality : Armenia. Rare and local. A small–sized butterfly. The fround color of the wings is black with bright red spot on the discal part of forewings and on the anal part of hind wings. The underside of the hind wings is light green with metallic iridescence. Identified by its plain green hindwing and postmedian of band black spots on foreing, which separates brick red inner area from green margin.

Origin of the name: The species was named in honor of the Nicholas Romanovich Romanov, Prince of Russia.

Endangerment factors: Major threats. Overgrazing, agricultural land use.

Wingspan: 30-36 mm long.

Similar Species:

◊ Rumanian Vernal Copper -subspecies - Tomares dobrogensis (Caradja,1895)
• Caucasian Vernal Copper - Tomares callimachus (Eversmann, 1848)
• Levantine Vernal Copper - Tomares nesimachus (Oberthür, 1893)
• Nogel's Hairstreak / Anatolian Vernal Copper- Tomares nogelii, (Herrich-Schäffer, 1851)
• Provence hairstreak - Tomares ballus (Fabricius, 1787)


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References:

1. Baytas A., 2007. A field guide to the butterflies of Turkey, NTV Yayinlari, Istanbul..52 pp.
2. Lepiforum.de :>> http://www.lepiforum.de/lepiwiki.pl?Tomares_Romanovi
3. Heiner Ziegler:>> http://www.euroleps.ch/seiten/s_art.php?art=lyc_romanovi
4. Lepidoptera Caucasi : >> http://www.babochki-kavkaza.ru/index.php/lycaenidae-/284-tomares-romanovi--/333-tomares-romanovi-.html
5. Butterflies of Armenia :>> http://www.mnp.am/red_book_fauna/eng/a134.html
6. Anonymous Butterflies of Turkey : >>http://www.trakel.org/kelebekler/[email protected]&tur=Romanov%20Gelinci%C4%9Fi
7. Butterflies Watching & Photography Society in Turkey :>> http://www.adamerkelebek.org/GozlemFoto.asp?Durum=7&FamilyaId=7&CinsId=124&TurID=322



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