Niobe Fritillary

Argynnis (Fabriciana) niobe


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Male, Switzerland, July 2012

Underside of same male

Argynnis niobe

Male, Switzerland, July 2014

Argynnis niobe

Male, Switzerland, July 2014

Argynnis niobe

Male, rescued from road, Switzerland, July 2013



Male, July 2011



Male, form eris, June 2010, Switzerland



Dark female, Switzerland, July 2010



Underside of same female

Val d'Aran, July 2005

This fritillary comes in two forms, the so-called nominate form and form eris, in which the silver spots on the underside hindwing are replaced by buff, but outlined in black. It is similar to the High Brown Fritillary, but can always be distinguished, in either form, by the black veins on the underside hindwing, the slightly convex, not concave border to the forewing and the buff spot with a black centre in the cell of the hindwing. When present, this confirms niobe.