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Pyrausta (also called pyrallis, pyragones) is a mythological insect-sized dragon from Cyprus.


Pyrausta resembles a four-legged insect with filmy wings and a dragon's head. It lived in the fire like a salamander and died if it went away from the fire.

See also


  • Shuker, Karl. (1995). Dragons: A Natural History Aurum Press
  • The Natural History of Pliny the Elder, Book 11, Chapter 42