Knapweed fritillary - Melitaea phoebe

Knapweed fritillary  

Family: Nymphalidae

Flight Time: April - September

Size: 34 -50mm

Altitude: 0 - 1900m

Quite distinctive with the light hindwing postdiscal spots, shared with the Glanville fritillary, Melitaea cinxia. A beautiful species though.

No black spots at the wingtip on the underside (see right) and no black in the row of orange spots helps distinguish from the Glanville fritillary.


Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Melitaea cinxia

Centaurea species Many

Knapweed fritillary distribution.


Early Stages




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