Meadow Fritillary (Melitaea parthenoides)

Male. Taken in the Vercors NP, France, on July 22nd 2018.
(1/200th sec at f13. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 28 - 34mm

The Meadow Fritillary has bright orange upper surfaces with an irregular network of black lines and veins. The sexes are similar.

It is confined to SW Europe in the Iberian peninsula, France, parts of Switzerland, southern Germany and the Italian Alps.

It breeds in woodland meadows and damp mountain foothills up to 1500m.

There are one or two broods, depending on altitude, between May and September.

Larvae feed on plantains.


22-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France