Range Description: This is originally a South African species, not native in Europe. It is spreading rapidly in the Mediterranean. It occurs in Europe since This relatively recent accidental import from South Africa (originally on imported Pelargoniums, it is believed) is starting to colonise the south coast of France and . Ecology, conservation and threats of Cacyreus marshalli. Species page, life cycle and photos.
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Their colour is grey or dark brown, and they have white lines on both parts, as well as one dark stripe, edged in white, in the middle of each wing, which goes all over the wings.
On the hindwings, there is a small white spot behind this stripe. There are sometimes one or two small dark spots around a false antenna. They also have checked hairs fimbriae on the edges of the hindwings.
This species hardly ever stretches its wings. Both of them are brown with checked fimbriae and a dark small spot next to the false antenna.
This species is bigger and dark brown, with plenty of white lines and a wide white stripe on each wing.
European Lepidoptera and their ecology: Cacyreus marshalli
Its fake eyes are larger. When its wings are open, which is not very often, it is blue of bluish. This species does not stretches its wings very often. It always has some blue colour over them.
When the wings are closed, they are grey with dark spots surrounded by thin stripes. There is a broken line, which is parallel to the outer margins of each wings, as well as false eyes, surrounded by a bright sky blue and orangey rings.
Several of its generations are marshallo one after another, and can be seen throughout the year in lower and coastal areas. In winter, the amount of these butterflies decreases.
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
They live in urban zones, in small and bigger tons or cities, as its caterpillars feed on geraniums Mmarshalli sp. This butterfly species comes from South Africa, and it was brought to Europe at the end of s. It can be seen along all stages of the GMP, though it is more common along the coast.
In the rest of cases and urban areas, it can be found at specific places where geraniums are used as decorative plants. Cacyreu 1 Next.
Cacyreus marshalli Butler, Safe appearance Probable appearance. Butterflies along the Great Malaga Path.