Clossiana euphrosyne

Pearl Bordered Fritillary

euroButterflies

by Matt Rowlings

copyright © 2003-2016

Show butterflies of: EU US
io-header
Photo: euphrosyne

Var, France, May 2004

Photo: euphrosyne

Valais, Switzerland, July 2012

Field notes and information

One of the first fritillaries to fly in spring.

Identification & Similar species: Similar to the small pearl bordered fritillary, C. selene, which has a row of post discal spots on the upperside hindwing displaced to the margin. In the current species this row is equidistant between the submarginal markings and the discal markings. The underside has a row of bold black spots in the post discal area vs pale spots in the current species. The current species has just one bright patch in the discal band of the underside hindwing.

Distribution & Flight: From north Spain across most of Europe. Flies in a single brood in spring from April to June or July depeding on altitude. A partial second brood is reported from hot southerly locations.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flowery clearings in woodland. Sometimes alpine flowery grassland where it may be found a long way from forest.

Photo: euphrosyne

Valais, Switzerland, May 2013

Photo: euphrosyne

Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

Photo: euphrosyne

Valais, Switzerland, July 2007

Photo: euphrosynePhoto: euphrosyne

N Sweden, June 2010

Photo: euphrosynePhoto: euphrosyne

Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

Photo: euphrosynePhoto: euphrosynePhoto: euphrosynePhoto: euphrosyne

Jura, France, June 2004

Photo: euphrosynePhoto: euphrosyne

Valais, Switzerland, June 2009

Photo: euphrosyne

2200m, Valais, Switzerland, July 2006