False heath fritillary - Melitaea diamina


Family: Nymphalidae

Flight Time: May - September

Size: 32 - 42mm

Altitude: 100-2000m

Underside. A much darker version of the Heath fritillary, there is very little orange at all. I only saw one specimen during my trip to Switzerland in 1999, but it is not a particularly local species. The pictured butterfly was actually in the Pyrenees near Gèdre.


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Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Valerian Woodland, flowery places.

False heath fritillary distribution.


Early Stages




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