Niobe Fritillary (Argynnis niobe)

Taken at Velebits National Park, Croatia, on June 10th 2017.
(1/400th sec at f14. Approx 1.75x lifesize. © David Hastings)

Taken in the Vercors NP, France, on July 19th 2018.
(1/100th sec at f13. Approx 1.75x lifesize. © David Hastings)


Wing span: 53 - 67 mm

This species closely resembles the High Brown Fritillary, but is slightly smaller and darker. The forewing outer margin is straight or convex, not concave.

It is widespread and locally common throughout most of Europe except the British Isles and northern Fennoscandia.

It can be found on hot south-facing slopes, dry flower-rich fields and grasslands mostly in uplands up to 2400m.

The is one brood per year between late May and mid-August.

Larvae feed on various Violets (Viola spp.)


25-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
21-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
19-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France

10-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
07-Jun-2017 : Veliki Crnopac, Croatia
25-Jul-2015 : Nr Dobrinishte, Bulgaria