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Weaver's Fritillary

Boloria dia


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.

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pamsai 4 months ago

thanks Robert for your congrats...

pamsai 4 months ago

Thank you DrNamgyalT.Sherpa. There seems to be always a kind comment from you.

pamsai 4 months ago

thanks Greg and Jim

triggsturner 4 months ago

Congratulations Pam on your sotd. Lovely series.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 months ago

Congrats Pam. Beautiful butterfly!

pamsai 4 months ago

Thanks Daniele for SOTD for this lovely butterfly.
It was seen in Southern Russia along the Georgia border on the slopes of Mount Elbrus and in lower areas further north around Kislovodsk.

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 4 months ago

Well done, Pamsai!

Greg Shchepanek
Greg Shchepanek 4 months ago

Such a beautiful spotting congratulations on SOTD.

DanielePralong 4 months ago

Congratulations Pam, your Weaver's Fritillary is our Spotting of the Day:

"What a striking pattern on this Weaver's Fritillary (Boloria dia), our Spotting of the Day! The butterfly genus Boloria (family Nymphalidae) is restricted to cooler regions of the northern hemisphere, with a mostly montane, alpine or arctic distribution. Boloria takes its name from "Bolor", a name given by Marco Polo to a mountain range in eastern Pamir.
Spotted in Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian Federation.
Check out pamsai's collection for more recent butterfly sightings from this remote area: "



Кабардино-Балкария, Russian Federation

Lat: 43.27, Long: 42.64

Spotted on Aug 14, 2018
Submitted on Sep 20, 2018

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