Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Earl Hartig's Moth ranging only in S Italy

The European Owl Moth or European Brahmin (Acanthobrahmaea europea) lives in Europe only in S Italy, and more precisely in Vulture, Lucania. It was discovered in 1963 by Fred Hartig. Its caterpillar eats esclusively phillyrea, ash-tree or liguster leaves. A nature reserve to protect this extremely rare moth was established in 1971, the first example in Italy of an area for the protection of a butterfly.


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