Black and orange butterfly in the family Nymphalidae. The Provençal Fritillary is one of several very similar Melitaea species (including the genus Mellicta in which some authorities place this butterfly) of central and southern Europe. It is a shy butterfly and can be difficult to approach. There are two generations per year with adults on wing from April to September.
Pine tree forest. Parque Nacional de Sierra de Guadarrama
Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/200 sec.; f/7.1; ISO Speed Rating: 400. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No Flash fired
Lat: 40.74, Long: -4.09
Spotted on Jun 29, 2016
Submitted on Feb 2, 2017