Clossiana titania

Titania's Fritillary

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by Matt Rowlings

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2012

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2012

Field notes and information

The underside is an exquisite mosaic of soft pinks, reds and purples that make it quite unmistakable.

Identification & Similar species: The underside is distinctive with its richness of colour. The upperside is also notable for its heavy markings, large spots and strong submarginal triangles.

Distribution & Flight: The Alps, Massif Central and higher mountains of the Balkans. Also northeast Europe. Singly brooded from late June to August.

Habitat & Behaviour: Lush flowery meadows amongst trees. Usually damp areas. It loves taking nectar from thistles, daisies and other nectar rich flowers.

Variation: Two subspecies occur with the less intensely marked C. titania cypris from northern and central Switzerland and eastwards and the richly marked C. titania titania from western Switzerland and the French Alps.

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Piedmont, Italy, June 2011

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Vaud, Switzerland, July 2012

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2011

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Grisons, Switzerland, July 2013

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Grisons, Switzerland, July 2013

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Piedmont, Italy, July 2012

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Piedmont, Italy, July 2012

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Vaud/ Bern, Switzlerland, July 2009

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Vaud, Switzlerland, July 2007