Dark Green Fritillary
Argynnis (Mesoacidalia) aglaja

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Argynnis aglaja

Italy, June 2012

Argynnis aglaja

Male, Switzerland, June 2011

Argynnis aglaja

Dark male, Switzerland, October 2013

Switzerland, June 2007

Male, Val d'Aran, July 2008

Val d'Aran, July 2005

Val d'Aran, July 2005

Though similar to the high brown and Niobe fritillaries, the dark green lacks silver-pupilled red post-discal spots on the underside of the hindwing. The outer margin of the forewing is slightly convex, distinguishing this species from high brown but not from Niobe. The butterfly is common in most of Europe but for some reason I don't seem to have many good pictures of it. I must remedy this in 2006...