Heath Fritillary

Melitaea (Mellicta) athalia


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Heath fritillary - Melitaea athalia

Male, Switzerland, August 2013

Heath fritillary - Melitaea athalia

Male, Switzerland, June 2013

Heath fritillary - Melitaea athalia

Female, July 2013

Switzerland, June 2005

Switzerland, June 2005

Switzerland, June 2005

Switzerland, June 2005

This is the most widespread and common of the difficult Melitaea group. It is characterised by complete but irregular markings on the uppersides and is the species to be familiar with - when you are, you have more chance of noticing the slight differences distinguishing the other species.