An unexpected surprise. A beekeeper discovered Europe’s largest butterfly

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Pavel Bohun

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The 86-year-old beekeeper Stanislav Daněk from Salaš in Uherskohradišť region got a big surprise these days. Not far from his three bee colonies, on the trunk of a young thorn, he discovered a pear-shaped cocoon several centimeters long, from which a pear martin hatched. The largest domestic and European butterfly, which is protected by law in our country due to its critical threat.

The largest European butterfly was found in Chřibe. He settled in Salaš, not far from the apiaries

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“I have never seen anything like this in my life. The female hatched from the cocoon and the next day a male was already sitting next to her,” he revealed Diary beekeeper.

Wing span this moth can be up to 16 centimeters long. On the hand, it covers the entire palm with its wings. The cocoon reaches up to eight centimeters in length.

You rarely come across Europe’s largest butterfly in the Czech Republic:

Martináč pear tree

Europe’s largest butterfly covers the entire palm. You rarely come across it in the Czech Republic

The butterfly is found in southern Europe, northern Africa and some areas of Asia. In Central Europe, we can meet him in the southern part Slovakia and exceptionally in South Moravia in Bohemia, Kolínsk or Polabí.

It flies at dusk and after dark from late March to August. During the day, they sit on tree trunks or on the walls of houses. Mating takes place mainly at night.

The article is in Czech

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