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Abstract

Contribution to the knowledge of the butterfly fauna (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea) of Gran Canaria (Canary Islands, Spain).

Abstract

Gran Canaria is a good example of an island where we can observe endemic species of butterflies as well as the colonisation of new ones. In this article previously unknown localities of some butterfly species observed in December 2019 are being reported. this includes new locations of newly arrived species (Cacyreus marshalli and Leptotes pirithous), as well as new locations of some native ones (Vanessa cardui, Lycaena phlaeas and Pieris rapae). most importantly, new location of a rare butterfly Azanus ubaldus is also reported, being observed in the NW part of the island for the first time. According to my finds and previous observations newly introduced species are consolidating themselves fast across the entire island.