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Zerynthia (Allancastria) cerisy (Godart, [1824])

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Thais cerisy Godart, 1824
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Allancastria cerisyi goeksui Kuhna, 1977
Allancastria cerisyi kocaki Kuhna, 1977
Allancastria cerisyi var. koroneii Kattulas & Koutsaftikis, 1978
Allancastria cerisyi mysiensis Eisner & Wagener, 1974
Allancastria cerisyi sami Schmidt, 1989
Thais cerisyi var. martini Fruhstorfer, 1906
Zerynthia cerisyi cypria Stichel, 1907
Zerynthia cerisyi var. destrigata Schultz, 1908
Zerynthia cerisyi ferdinandi Stichel, 1907
Zerynthia cerisyi var. speciosa Stichel, 1907


Z. (A.) cerisy cerisy : Turkey, Konya, Seidesihir, 1100 m, 1997.05.15, leg. Iversen F., coll. Michael Kurz Z. (A.) cerisy cerisy : Turkey Z. (A.) cerisy ferdinandi : without data Z. (A.) cerisy ferdinandi : without data
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Z. (A.) cerisy cerisy underside: Turkey, Konya, Seidesihir, 1100 m, 1997.05.15, leg. Iversen F., coll. Michael Kurz      
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Description of adults: Examined: 1 . Wing expanse: 49 mm. Head black with scarce, distant, whitish-grey and black, hair-like scales; behind large semiglobuar eyes, upperwards orange, underwards some yellow scales; palpi directed ahead, in basal half on underside with short white, otherwise long, black, distant, hair-like scales; antennae about 2/5 of forewing length, black; thorax black on uperside, very scarcely scaled with distant, whitish-grey, hair-like scales; forewing upperside creamy with black markings: base black from costal to inner margin; 4 black cross-spots in cell, but only the one on discus across the whole cell width, the third from basis narrower, inwardly pointed; postdiscally a short, black cross-fascia, continued by two black roundish spots between M3 and Cu1 and CU1-Cu2, respectively; a submarginal cross-fascia, very broad at costa, greatly narrowing towards anal angle, in intervenal areas M3-Cu1 and Cu1-Cu2 represented by small spots only; marginal fascia broad, black-grey, narrowing towards tornus, including creamy marginal spots between veins; fringe creamy, around veins black; hindwing upperside also creamy, inner margin black in an irregular, broad belt; some small black spots at discus and postdiscally; a black, red centered spot each before apex and at anal angle; 4 small red, inwardly black bordered spots between veins of M- and Cu-system; a distinct tail on M3 with black, arrow-shaped spot, a short tip at Cu1 and Cu2, also with an arrow-shaped spot each; a broad arrow-shaped spot each also near ends of M1 and M2; between these and the small red spots, a short black cross-streak each between veins; fringe black at ends of veins, otherwise creamy; forewing underside similar to upperside, but marginal and submarginal fasciae grey instead of black; hindwing underside with dirty white ground colour and similar markings like on upperside; red spots in submarginal area distinctly larger, wing from here towards outer margin black with yellow irroration; arrow-like spots mostly combined to a continuous line and basad of this a delicate yellow undulate line; a big black, yellowish irrorated spot in distal half of cell, several black, longitudinal spots postdiscally between veins, partly also yellow irrorated; underside of thorax and legs black, scarcely covered with whitish-grey, hair-like scales; abdomen black, also scarcely covered with hair-like scales; on both sides of distal segments a brick-red spot each per segment.

Variability: are more ochreous in ground colour, with better developed black markings.


Häuser (2006) lists the following countries: Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Greece; Israel; Lebanon; Macedonia; Montenegro; Romania; Serbia; Syria; Turkey. According to De Prins (2004), the species is absent from Croatia.


without data var. speciosa Stichel, 1907: Israel, Mount Carmel, 2006.04.12 Turkey, Mugla Provice, Dalyan, 2008.03.29 Turkey, Mugla Provice, Dalyan, 2008.03.28
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Turkey, Mugla Provice, Dalyan, 2008.03.26      
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Zerynthia caucasica (Lederer, 1864) normally is distinctly grey suffused on the upperside, has prominently developed black and red spots, as well as a row of prominent blue spots in the dark submarginal band of the hindwing upperside. Furthermore, the tails of the hindwings are distinctly shorter than in cerisy. The very similar Zerynthia deyrollei (Oberthür, 1869) bears distinct white semilunatic spots between the veins at the margin of the forewing upperside. The red spot at the anterior margin of the hindwing upperside is elongated, almost comma-like, whereas in cerisy this spot is distinctly broader.

Worth knowing:


De Prins, W. (2004): Papilionidae. In - Karsholt, O. & E. J. van Nieukerken (eds.). Lepidoptera, Moths. – Fauna Europaea version 1.1, http://www.faunaeur.org [online 2008.07.29].
Häuser, C. (2006) genus Zerynthia. In: Bisby F.A., Roskov Y.R., Orrell T.M., Nicolson D., Paglinawan L.E., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., van Hertum J., eds. (2008). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist. Digital resource at www.catalogueoflife.org/annual-checklist/2008/. Species 2000: Reading, U.K

Publication data:

Kurz Michael: 2008.07.29
Kurz Michael: 2009.01.05
Kurz Michael: 2011.05.26
Kurz Michael: 2012.04.27
Kurz Michael: 2012.08.04
Kurz Michael: 2014.04.24
Kurz Michael: 2016.01.27
not reviewed