Kochubey tape (lat. Catocala Kotshubeji) a type of night butterflies, which is an endemic of Primorye. The name was in honor of the discoverer and one of the main scientists who made the biggest contribution to the study of this insect George Kochubey.
In size, this species is not particularly large. The wingspan can reach fifty millimeters, and the color of the front extremities is dark brown, not turning into others. The color of the back is more diverse and can include several different shades, transverse lines, patterns and some other visual jewelry. The color of the rear wings is mostly orange, but they can cross white stripes. There are no fractures on the bandages, it rests on the rear edge and grows in the direction to the roots of the wings. Hind paws can change their color closer to the end, forming a black pattern more reminiscent of a geometric pattern.
Where it lives
At the moment, Kochubey’s tape lives within the southern Primorye, and does not occur in other places, since it is a local look. The flights begin in late July or early August. The caterpillar stages develop in the first half of the summer, and the wintering is the stage of the egg, which has not yet been formed and is just beginning to create a full-fledged insect inside itself. It is still unknown how the caterpillars eat, because due to their low distribution and locality, this species has been studied very little. It is possible that Kochubey’s ribbons settle in rare wood rocks, which are quite a lot in the territory of Primorye, due to the features of climatic conditions.
This species is listed in the Red Book of Eurasia, the Kochubey tape belongs to the first category, which indicates an extremely low number and high probability of an early disappearance. Due to the lack of any significant data about this form, a person did not come up with effective measures to protect and preserve the population. In addition, numerical measurements were not carried out, so it is not known how few individuals are left and is it possible to at least somehow stop their disappearance. All these factors are formed due to a specific habitat with climatic conditions rather difficult to survive, as well as due to remoteness from other types.
The lack of awareness does not allow at least some significant measures to preserve or protect the Kochubey tape, because of this this species may soon disappear. No matter how regrettable, it will be almost impossible to avoid such an outcome, because these insects do not have any valuable features, therefore their preservation is not particularly important for the scientific community.
Due to the lack of information about the nutrition, as well as the life cycles of representatives of the type of kochubey tapes, it can be assumed that they multiply in the same way as other members of the family. This means that the caterpillar develops over most of the summer, and the egg is formed during wintering, since then the food is even more limited and the caterpillar would simply not be able to survive in such conditions.