Euphydryas intermedia

Asian Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

Field notes and information

Restricted to the Alps where it has a sporadic distribution and is generally rather hard to find.

Identification & Similar species: No other similar species share the same range or habitat requirements.

Distribution & Flight: From the northern French Alps, a single valley in Valais in western Switzerland, eastern Switzerland and through Austria and Slovenia. Also from the Alps of north Italy. Single brooded from late June into July.

Habitat & Behaviour: Subalpine meadows upto the tree line with low growing shrubs (eg rhodedendron, alder). Frequently feeds on thyme and takes salts from mud.

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Grisons, Switzerland, July 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzeland, June 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2009

Habitat - the larval food plants blue-berried honeysuckle Lonicera caerulea grow amongst the scrub.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2009

Also with False Heath Fritillary, Meliteae diamina and Cranberry Blue, Vaccinium optilete.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2007

Pair courting high up in a pine tree.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2007

A flutter of photographers.

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2012