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Geranium Bronze

Cacyreus marshalli


Presumed to have arrived from South Africa on imported Pelargonium plants. Arrived in Europe in the early 1990s and has spread around the S European coasts from Portugal to Italy. In France it extends to Lyon where it is common throughout the city, at least in 2006. Almost certain to extend further east and possibly north - records from the southern slopes of the Alps indicate it may establish itself in Valais, Switzerland and similarly from Lyon perhaps moving into Geneve. Recorded from further north, as far as S England. Probably importations with the larval foodplant account for these records. Also recorded from Morocco, around the city of Tarroudant.


Dry grassy places and urban gardens. Frequently found around habitations.


A little butterfly in a Raspberry.

1 Species ID Suggestions

ClaudiaS 11 years ago
Geranium Bronze
Cacyreus marshalli Cacyreus marshalli

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Ricardo Salgueiro
Ricardo Salgueiro 11 years ago

Thanks for the information ClaudiaS.

Ricardo Salgueiro
Ricardo Salgueiro 11 years ago

Thanks Maria dB.

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

a beauty!

Ricardo Salgueiro
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Ricardo Salgueiro


Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Jul 31, 2012

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