Euphydryas iduna

Lapland Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Photo: iduna

N Norway, June/ July 2010

Photo: iduna

N Norway, June/ July 2010

Field notes and information

A butterfly of the arctic. It is unusual with the typical orange ground colour of the fritillaries replaced by light grey. I've only ever found a few individuals, despit supposedly being common where found.

Identification & Similar species: No other species are similar.

Distribution & Flight: Only north of the Arcitc circle. Single brooded, from June to August depending on the very variable arctic season.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open birch woodland, damp heathland with bogs or pools nearby. I found a few of them at just one location in 2010 skimming low over the vegetation along the drier borders of a bog in north Norway.

Photo: iduna

N Norway, June/ July 2010

Photo: iduna

N Norway, June/ July 2010

Photo: iduna

N Norway, June/ July 2010

Photo: iduna

N Norway, June/ July 2010

Photo: iduna

N Norway, June/ July 2010