Knapweed Fritillary

Melitaea phoebe


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Melitaea phoebe

Switzerland, July 2013

Melitaea phoebe

Male, Switzerland, June 2012

Melitaea phoebe

Female, Switzerland, July 2012

Melitaea phoebe

Female,, Switzerland, July 2012

Melitaea phoebe

Male,, Switzerland, July 2012

Melitaea phoebeš

Male, Switzerland, July 2012

Melitaea phoebe

Male, Switzerland, July 2012

Melitaea phoebe

Female, Switzerland, May 2011

Melitaea phoebe

Male, Switzerland, May 2011

Val d'Aran, July 2005

Val d'Aran, July 2005 - on knapweed

Val d'Aran, July 2005 - on knapweed

Switzerland 2004

Val d'Aran, July 1999

This is a fritillary of hot places where knapweed grows. It is large compared to most Mellicta/Melitaea species and also rather bright and colourful, meaning that it is really quite easy to identify. However, not all are as distinctive as the insects on this page - sometimes, especially further north, they can be smaller and even have black spots in the postdiscal row on the hindwing, like a Glanville fritillary. In all forms, the single large, inwardly displaced submarginal lunule on the forewing is a useful diagnostic sign.