Spotted fritillary - Melitaea didyma

Male upperside

Family: Nymphalidae.

Flight Time: April-September.

Size: 30-44mm

Altitude: 0-2300m


The Spotted fritillary is a very variable butterfly. The male above is more orange than the female left. The best means of identification however is the underside. Female upperside
Underside This one was perched dormant in the High Atlas of Morocco. There is a similar species, the Desert fritillary Melitaea deserticola which flies in this region, a lighter top colour and slight differences in the underside pattern allow specific separation in the field.

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Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Many, including Plantain Plantago species and Toadflax Linaria species


Spotted fritillary distribution


Early Stages






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