Clossiana dia

Violet Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Vaud, Switzerland, March 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, March 2012

Field notes and information

An often common and widespread species that flies throughout the warmer months of the year. It is particularly noticeable in early spring when it is one of the first butterflies to emerge.

Identification & Similar species: The underside is distinctively purplish with a contrasting discal band of pearly and yellow spots. The upperside has a post discal row of spots with are large relative to similar species.

Distribution & Flight: Northern Spain and across central Europe. Absent from the UK and Scandinavia. Multi-brooded, flying from April through the year to late autumn.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flowery meadows, usually amongst scrub or light woodland.

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SE Serbia, June 2012

Many individuals in this area were brown rather than the more typical violet.

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Vaud, Switzerland, August 2015

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Valais, Switzerland, March 2012

An unusual posture.

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Valais, Switzerland, March 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2013

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Vaud, Switzerland, March 2012

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Vaud/ Valais, Switzerland, April/ May 2010

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Alpes de Haute Provence, France, May 2005

An amazingly well camouflaged Crab Spider has taken this butterfly.

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Valais, Switzerland, May/ June 2009