Leopard

Cigaritis acamas acamas

The commoner of the leopard or silverline butterflies with a wingspan of 25-35 mm, females being typically larger, characterised by orange colouration and a series of black spots and stripes, hence the name. The leopard lives mainly in drier parts of the country, along the coastline, in farmland and date plantations, stony steppes, and semi-desert. Host plants include the herba-alba wormwood (Artemisia herba-alba), scariola (Scariola orientalis), and thyme (Thymus spp.). It flies April through July, the flight is very fast, direct, and often erratic. This species is considered vulnerable.

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