It is a Balkan endemic species, with limited distribution on the eastern coastal strip of the Adriatic Sea. The species prefers shaded or partially shaded areas, and it’s usually hidden. It climbs well, which is especially noticeable when sitting on a bright rock. On the territory of NP Galicica, small populations of this species were recently recorded on two sites (Peshtani, on the shores of the Ohrid Lake and Oteshevo, on the shores of the the Prespa Lake). Recently, the species was recorded on two new sites within the NPG (cliffs near the village of Stenje, with the most abundant population at national level, and the rocks near the Leskoec cave).
Of the European documents, the species is protected in accordance with the Habitats Directive 92/43 / EEC – Annex IV: Animal and Plant Species of Community Interest in Need of Strict Protection, the Convention on Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (BERN) – Appendix II: Strictly Protected Fauna Species, as well as the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).