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Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Boloria euphrosyne


The beautiful Pearl-bordered Fritillary is orange with black markings on the upperside, and on the underside shows a row of silver pearly markings along the edge. It has declined rapidly in the UK and Ireland and is a highly threatened species in a number of European countries.


Alpine meadow, alt. 1500 m ASL. A picture of the habitat can be seen at Distribution: widespread throughout Europe, ranging from Scandinavia to northern Spain and from Ireland eastwards towards Russia and Asia. Find out more here:


This butterfly can be confused with the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary which can be found in the same habitats, but can be distinguished by the red chevrons along its pearl border (the Small Pearl-bordered has black chevrons) as well as the presence of a single silver spot in the middle of the central row of yellow spots. Wingspan of 38–46 mm. Its single broods appear mid May, early June. At higher altitudes as here they appear later in the year, into July. Spotted in La Pierreuse (meaning "stony place"), a nature reserve in the Swiss Alps.

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59 Comments (1–25)

DanielePralong 10 years ago

Thanks Seema!

Seema 10 years ago


DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you peterb0, Pam and Shanna!

ShannaB 11 years ago


pamsai 11 years ago

wonderful Daniele. Love the expression on its face!

peterb0 11 years ago

Great photo

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Berndt!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you all for your kind comments and congrats!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago

Congratulations, Daniele.

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Congratulations, Daniele!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 11 years ago

beautiful first pic. congrats!

mdwildlife 11 years ago

Fantastic shot! Great positioning. Great coloring and detail! Congrats

KevinBBabbitt 11 years ago

Sweet! thats an insane picture cool butterfly and nice photo quality

Smith'sZoo 11 years ago

Brilliant! Congrats! All your spots are amazing Daniele!

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thanks Luis and surekha!

surekha 11 years ago

Gorgeous spotting, Daniele! Congratulations!

LuisStevens 11 years ago

Congrats Daniele it is a great picture.

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you everyone for your kind comments!

williefromwi 11 years ago

Two beautiful captures, the first is very very nice. Congrats on having your spotting chosen for SOTD.

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 11 years ago

Absolutely beautiful! Congrats on the SOTD!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 11 years ago

Awesome Daniele..! Congrats for the SOTD..:-)

LarryGraziano 11 years ago

Fantastic SOTD! Congrats!!!!!!

Jeannette 11 years ago

Congratulations, great capture :)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Congratulations Daniele, Beautiful butterfly!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 11 years ago

Lovely picture Daniele. Congrats.

Spotted by

Château-d’Œx, Vaud, Switzerland

Spotted on Jul 24, 2012
Submitted on Jul 29, 2012

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