Melitaea parthenoides

Meadow Fritillary


by Matt Rowlings

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 20202

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2011

Field notes and information

On the whole, this is a more lightly marked butterfly on the upperside than the heath fritillary M. athalia and other similar species with which it flies. It is local but widespread and can be common in much of southwest Europe.

Identification & Similar species: Separation from some similar species can be very difficult and even impossible for many individuals. However study of genetalia on living male butterflies is possible and gives definitive results. See the

Heath fritillary, M. athalia for features that may help separate this and other similar species.

Distribution & Flight: W Switzerland, most of France and the Iberian peninsular. Single brooded flying May/ June and into July. A second brood in hotter regions flies in late summer.

Habitat & Behaviour: Flowery meadows at low to middle altitudes usually in forested hilly country.

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2012

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2020

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2011

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2022

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2022

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Digne les Bains, France, May 2022

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2019

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Vaud, Switzerland, May 2019