A small fritillary belonging to the Nymphalidae family, Heliconiinae sub-family.
Dry grassland, hay meadows, pastures and scrubland at Pokumok, elevation also circa 900-1200m in southern Russia. Last photo shows habitat.
Named by a 19th Century British entomologist, Richard Weaver (1790-1860) who claimed to have captured – sometime in the 1820’s – two specimens in Sutton Park, which is now a National Nature Reserve located 6 miles north of Birmingham city centre. These and later dubious finds caused a great furore at the time, when butterfly collecting was something of a national obsession, at least among the upper middle classes in England, and particularly country parsons. However this and the small number of other English specimens are thought to be of introductions, possibly accidental.
Lat: 43.27, Long: 42.64
Spotted on Aug 14, 2018
Submitted on Sep 20, 2018
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