Fritillaries - Boloria, Brenthis and Issoria

Eight species are included here. The easily recognisable Queen of Spain fritillary, together with the difficult Boloria species.

Pointed forewings and square cornered hindwings

Large silver spots are characteristic

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Two uniform rows of spots on upperside hindwing

Rounded wings, forewing postdiscal spots uneven.

Marbled effect to underwing

Enclosed space on underside hindwing  not yellow

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Similar to daphne, smaller size, enclosed space coloured yellow, see left.

Issoria lathonia

Queen of Spain Fritillary

Brenthis hecate

Twin-spot Fritillary

Brenthis daphne

Marbled Fritillary

Brenthis ino

Lesser Marbled Fritillary

Small, relatively well marked, mountains above 1500m

f. palustris of pales similar to napaea right

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Mountains 1500m+

Similar to palustris (left). Very difficult to separate. Bar in S2 curved, see species section.

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Better marked than the other members of the genus.

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SE French Alps and Balkans, upperside similar, underside has greenish suffusion and prominent postdiscal marks on the hindwing.

Boloria pales

Shepherd's Fritillary

Boloria napaea

Mountain Fritillary

Boloria aquilonaris

Cranberry Fritillary

Boloria graeca

Balkan Fritillary




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