Mellicta britomartis

Assmann's Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Cluj, Romania, May 2006

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Cluj, Romania, May 2006

Field notes and information

A dusky species, found locally in flowery meadows where it flutters and glides slowly. It is extremely similar to the Nickerl's fritillary aurelia from which I don't think it can be separated reliably from wing markings alone. The current species is said to inhabit damper localities.

Identification & Similar species: Separation from some similar species can be very difficult and even impossible for many individuals. However study of genetalia on living male butterflies is possible and gives definitive results. See the

Heath fritillary, M. athalia for features that may help separate this and other similar species.

Distribution & Flight: A few places in north Italy, Slovenia, Bulgaria and eastern Sweden. More widespread from eastern Austria, Poland and Romania. Single brooded in June/ July, possibly double brooded in north Italy.

Habitat & Behaviour: Meadows, often damp. May be in woodland.

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Cluj, Romania, June 2006

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Cluj, Romania, June 2006

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Cluj, Romania, May 2006

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Cluj, Romania, June 2006

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Identification of the difficult Mellicta group by genitalia. Click on link to review the Mellicta

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Cluj, Romania, May 2006

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(c) Peter Rowlings SE Czech Republic, end June 2001

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Cluj, Romania, May 2006

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SE Czech Republic, end June 2001