Niobe fritillary - Argynnis niobe

Upperside.  

Family: Nymphalidae

Flight Time: May - August

Size: 46 - 60mm

Altitude: 0-2400m

These beautiful fritillaries were flying together, in Switzerland, with the superficially similar Dark-green fritillary, Argynnis aglaja and High brown fritillary, Argynnis adippe. The latter is particularly close in underside markings but a couple of features help. The forewing is concave, the row of underside silver markings (postdiscal) is continuous and the silver centered brown spots are smaller.

They, like many other species, were rather keen to take moisture, especially sweat, like the one pictured left is doing

 

.Underside.

 

Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Argynnis adippe

Viola species.

Viola

Various.

Niobe fritillary distribution.

 

Early Stages

 

     
 
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