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Spotted fritillary

Melitaea didyma


Melitaea didyma is a medium sized butterfly. The upperside of the wings is bright orange-brown with dark brown drawings arranged in rows, quite variable in quantity and size. The underside of the wings is checkered pale yellow and pale orange. M. didyma has a seasonal and sexual dimorphism. This butterfly flies from March to October depending on the location. This species has two or three generations and overwinters as young caterpillar. Melitaea didyma prefers flowery and grassy areas, meadows and roadsides. the pictured buttrfly was spotted while foraging on a daucus carota plant, in a prairie in Agrafa mountains, Greece.

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Thank you dear Pradeep Kumar, I really like her vivid colors and her blue spotted eyes!

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 6 years ago

Nice series Despina!

Αποκεντρωμένη Διοίκηση Θεσσαλίας - Στερεάς Ελλάδας, Greece

Spotted on Aug 28, 2016
Submitted on Oct 9, 2016

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