Euphydryas cynthia

Cynthia's Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2007

Field notes and information

A butterfly of high alpine slopes. The males are particularly spectacular with the typical orange ground colour of the fritillaries replaced by brilliant white. Usually only found in low numbers.

Identification & Similar species: No other species are similar.

Distribution & Flight: High altitudes in the Alps and also the Pirin Mts of Bulgaria. Single brooded in July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open grassy slopes often with low juniper bushes.

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013

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Tessin, Switzerland, August 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2007

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Grisons, Switzerland, July 1997

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2015