Argynnis niobe

Niobe Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Peloppensos, Greece, June 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

Field notes and information

Slightly smaller than the very similar high brown fritillary A. adippe this species may often be overlooked.

Identification & Similar species: Separated from the high brown fritillary, A. adippe, by the rounded shape of the forewing margin and the usual presence of a black pupilled yellow spot in the underside hindwing basal area. The underside hindwing submarginal lunules and veins are usually lined black.

Distribution & Flight: Europe, absent from the UK and northern Scandinavia. Single brooded June to August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open grassy places, stoney slopes, clearings in bushes and light woodland.

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2011

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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Grisons, Switzerland, July 2013

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Sierra Nevada, Spain, July 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

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E Switzerland, July 2003

The additional white basal disk is present in both specimens but only the male on the left has the characteristic black spot in its centre.

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E Switzerland, July 2003

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E Switzerland, July 2003