Argynnis aglaja

Dark Green Fritillary


by Matt Rowlings

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Bern, Switzerland, August 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2005

Field notes and information

A powerful butterfly often seen flying fast across open grasslands.

Identification & Similar species: Separated from similar species by extensive green underside hindwing markings, and post discal orange band devoid of any spots.

Closely similar species are the high brown, the niobe and, from north Africa, the Moroccan high brown fritillaries, A. adippe, A. aglaja & A. auresianna.

Distribution & Flight: All of Europe, limited to the Middle and High Atlas in Morocco.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open grassy and flowery places, damp or dry areas. Often takes salts from mud.

Variation: The form lyauteyi from Morocco is often considered a subspecies or a species in its own right.

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Hautes Alpes, France, August 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2019

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2017

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SW Serbia, June 2012

A. aglaja on the left and A. adippe sharing a drink in very hot weather.

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2019

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2017

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SW Serbia, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2016

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2005

An unusually brown example.

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2017

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Geneva, Switzerland, June 2007

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SE Serbia, June 2012

Taking salts from a sweaty finger.

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Piedmont, Italy, June 2011