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Zerynthia (Allancastria) deyrollei (Oberthür, 1869)

(zoological nomenclature: valid name, available)

General information:

Thais deyrollei Oberthür, 1869
Synonyms, misspellings, wrong determinations, etc.:
Zerynthia cerisyi forma deyrollei Schultz, 1908
Allancastria cerisyi lycaoniae Eisner & Wagener, 1974
Allancastria cerisyi eisneri Bernardi, 1970


: Turkey, Antalya, Teke Gecidi, 1350 m, 1997.05.12, leg. Iversen F., coll. Michael Kurz underside: Turkey, Antalya, Teke Gecidi, 1350 m, 1997.05.12, leg. Iversen F., coll. Michael Kurz    
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view
Picture from: Kurz Michael
Detailed view

Description of adults: Examined: 1 . Wing expanse: 44 mm. Head with long, distant, black, partly mixed grey, hair-like scales; behind eyes an orange scaling, partly distant, hair-like and mixed black and grey; eyes big, semiglobular; labial palpi stretched straight ahead, upperside black, partly with distant scaling, underside with long, distant, dirty white, partly mixed black, hair-like scales; antennae 2/5 of forewing length, black; thorax black, scarcely covered with long, brownish-white, hair-like scales; forewing upperside creamy with black spots; wing base black; 4 black cross-spots in cell, the two basalmost not reaching across the whole cell width; the third one (from basis) is narrower, angulate and tapering to a tip towards center of wing; postdiscally, a small, black, triangular spot at costa, posteriorly followed by two small black spots; between veins M3-Cu1 and Cu1-Cu2 a black, postdiskal spot each; dark grey submarginal fascia broad at costa, posteriorly tapering and followed by two small, dark grey, longitudinal streacks between veins M3-Cu1 and Cu1-Cu2; grey outer fascia also broad at costa, tapering towards inner margin, with undulate outer margin; fringe black around vein tips, otherwise creamy; hindwing upperside also creamy, with broad black, inwardly irregularly bordered fascia along anal margin, elongated towards discus by a tapering row of spots; a distinct red, black bordered spot each distad to middle of anterior margin and at anal angle; 4 small red, inwardly black bordered spots in a submarginal row between veins posterior to M1; outer margin anteriorly with black, partly doubled spots at vein tips; from M1 to anal angle, a continuous, black, undulate double-line, running also into the small tails on veins M3 to Cu2; a small black subbasal spot at costa; underside of forewings similar to upperside, but submarginal and marginal fascia only shining through from upperside; in the area of the submarginal fascia close to costa an irregular, orange-yellowish spot; underside of hindwings also similar to upperside, but ground colour whitish and black spots heavily irrorated yellow; area between small red internerval spots and black undulate line at margin blackish with heavy yellow irroration; underside of thorax and legs with long, dirty-white, distant, hair-like scales; abdomen black, scarcely covered with long, distant, dirty-white, hair-like scales; laterally, each segment with a big, orange-red spot, beneath an irregular, whitish scaling.


Häuser (2006) lists the following countries: Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey.


: Turkey, Adana : Turkey, Adana    
Picture from: wikimedia commons: Zeynel Cebeci (creative commons)
Detailed view
Picture from: wikimedia commons: Zeynel Cebeci (creative commons)
Detailed view


The males are very similar to Zerynthia cerisy (Godart, 1824). In deyrollei, the upperside of the forewing shows clear white, semilunatic spots at the margin between the veins, whereas in cerisy these spots are very shallow. Furhermore, the red spot at the anterior margin of the hindwing upper side is distinctly broader in cerisy. In deyrollei this spot is very slender, comma-like. The females of deyrollei somewhat resemble Zerynthia caucasica (Lederer, 1864), although this species lacks the tails of the hind wings almost completely and bears a row of prominent blue spots in the dark submarginal band of the hind wing upperside.

Worth knowing:


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: 2008.08.14
Kurz Michael: 2012.08.04
Kurz Michael: 2016.02.03
Kurz Michael: 2016.07.05
not reviewed