Boloria pales

Shepherd's Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2007

Field notes and information

A mountain species from north Spain and across central Europe.

Identification & Similar species: One of a group of 4 very similar species. Differences as follows:

Shepherd's fritillary, B. pales: northwest Spain, Pyrenees, Alps, east Europe, Balkans. Underside forewing lacking black spots. Broad upperside forewing lines. Relatively small.

Mountain fritillary, B. napaea: Pyrenees, Alps, Scandinavia. Underside forewing lacking black spots. Fine upperside forewing lines. Relatively large. Females often with dark dusky purple sheen.

Cranberry fritillary, B. aquilonaris: northern Alps to Scandinavia and eastwards. Underside forewing with black spots. Not confined to mountains.

Balkan fritillary, B. graeca: southern Alps (France), Balkans. Underside forewing with black spots.

Flight: Single brooded in July and August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Open alpine meadows. Usually flowery, often associated with damp areas. Flies very low and fast.

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2006

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Grisons, Switzerland, July 2013

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Grisons, Switzerland, July 2013

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2011

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2007

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2003

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2003

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Valais, Switzerland, June 2003