Brenthis hecate

Twin Spot Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Var, France, May 2012

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SE Serbia, June 2012

Field notes and information

A butterfly of hot flowery meadows in light woodland and bushes.

Identification & Similar species: Regular double parallel rows of spots on all wings is distinctive. Appears very orange in flight.

Distribution & Flight: Sporadic in central and northern Spain, southern France and then more widespread in eastern Europe north to Slovakia and south to Greece. Single brooded in spring, flying May/ June and into July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Frequents hot flowery meadows usually amongst light woodland.

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SW Serbia, June 2012

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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Cluj, Romania, May 2009

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Var, France, May 2012

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Var, France, May 2006

Basking in dull weather.

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Var, France, May 2012

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Cluj, Romania, May 2009

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Rila Mts, Bulgaria, July 2004

Duller and more heavily marked than French butterfles.

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Montes Universales, Spain, July 2011

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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SE Serbia, June 2012

Also present: Pyrgus sidae.