Cardinal - Argynnis pandora

Underside

Family: Nymphalidae.

Flight Time: May - July.

Size: 64-80mm

Altitude: 500-1500m (2600m in N Africa)

 

The Cardinal is a large fritillary which has only one species similar to it, namely the Silver-washed fritillary Argynnis paphia. The green flushed upperside, see right, is a quick and easy way to tell the difference.

My first sighting of this species was in Morocco, it settled in a tree which was just in range of the camera, unfortunately the local children that were following us around decided it would be better if I had the butterfly and started throwing stones at it!

Female

 

Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

 

Viola species.

Viola species

Woodland clearings.

Cardinal distribution

 

Early Stages

 

     
 
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