Pseudochazara amalthea, Crete - photo © Nikos Marakis
Pseudochazara amalthea is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae on the island of Crete, Greece.
Pseudochazara amalthea (Frivaldszky, 1845)
Eastern Banded Grayling
Family: Nymphalidae > Subfamily: Satyrinae > Tribus: Satyrini > Genus: Pseudochazara
Male to female: 45-50 mm
The butterfly rarely opens the wings when resting.
Pseudochazara amalthea in Crete lives in dry and rocky areas with sparse vegetation.
The larva feeds on Poaceae and Asteraceae (Carduus) plants.
The butterfly flies in one generation per year.
Individuals from Crete are considered as subspecies of Pseudochazara anthelea (P. anthelea ssp amalthea).
The butterfly has a unique appearance in Crete and can’t be confused with other butterflies of the island. It has a limited distribution on the island.
Least Concern (LC)
Pseudochazara Amalthea Distribution Map
Pseudochazara amalthea location map based on greek butterflies distributions map by L.N. Pamperis (revised 2021)