Watsonarctia deserta

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Watsonarctia deserta
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Scientific classification
W. deserta
Binomial name
Watsonarctia deserta
(Bartel, 1902) [1]
  • Phalaena (Bombyx) casta Esper, 1784, preoccupied.
  • Eucharia deserta
  • Arctia casta desertaBartel, 1902
  • Phragmatobia esperiKoçak, 1980
  • Eucharia casta sibiricaKoshantschikov, 1924
  • Watsonarctia callesiGómez Bustillo, 1979

Watsonarctia deserta (=Arctia casta) Chaste pellicle [2] is a moth of the subfamily Arctiinae. It is found in central and south-eastern Europe, southern Russia, southern Siberia east to Baikal Lake; also in Asia Minor, Armenia, Azerbaijan, northern Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrghyzstan and Chinese Xinjiang.

Moth Group of mostly-nocturnal insects in the order Lepidoptera

Moths comprise a group of insects related to butterflies, belonging to the order Lepidoptera. Most lepidopterans are moths, and there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth, many of which have yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are also crepuscular and diurnal species.

Arctiinae (moth) subfamily of insects (in the wide sense, the former family Arctiidae)

The Arctiinae are a large and diverse subfamily of moths, with around 11,000 species found all over the world, including 6,000 neotropical species. This group includes the groups commonly known as tiger moths, which usually have bright colours, footmen, which are usually much drabber, lichen moths, and wasp moths. Many species have "hairy" caterpillars that are popularly known as woolly bears or woolly worms. The scientific name of this subfamily refers to this hairiness. Some species within the Arctiinae have the word “tussock” in their common name due to people misidentifying them as members of the Lymantriinae based on the characteristics of the larvae.

Europe Continent in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere

Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, Asia to the east, and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.


The wingspan is 26–32 mm.

The larvae feed on Asperula , Achillea and Galium species (including Galium verum and Galium odoratum ).

<i>Asperula</i> genus of plants

Asperula, commonly known as woodruff, is a genus of flowering plants in the Rubiaceae family. It contains about 195 species and has a wide distribution area from Europe, northern Africa, temperate and subtropical Asia to Australasia.

<i>Achillea</i> genus of plants

Achillea is a group of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae described as a genus by Linnaeus in 1753.

<i>Galium</i> genus of plants

Galium is a large genus of annual and perennial herbaceous plants in the family Rubiaceae, occurring in the temperate zones of both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Some species are informally known as bedstraw.


Anatolia Asian part of Turkey

Anatolia, also known as Asia Minor, Asian Turkey, the Anatolian peninsula or the Anatolian plateau, is the westernmost protrusion of Asia, which makes up the majority of modern-day Turkey. The region is bounded by the Black Sea to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the south, the Armenian Highlands to the east and the Aegean Sea to the west. The Sea of Marmara forms a connection between the Black and Aegean seas through the Bosphorus and Dardanelles straits and separates Anatolia from Thrace on the European mainland.

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