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Spotted Fritillary

Melitaea didyma

Description:

Melitaea didyma is a medium size butterfly with a wingspan reaching 35–50 millimetres (1.4–2.0 in). The upperside of the wings is bright orange-brown with dark brown drawings arranged in rows, quite variable in quantity and size. Sometimes the color of the females is duller orange, shaded with gray-green. The undeside 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.

Habitat:

Melitaea didyma prefers flowery and grassy areas, meadows and roadsides.

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2 Comments

KostasZontanos
KostasZontanos 6 years ago

Thanks Marta!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Precious fritilllary, Kostas!

KostasZontanos
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KostasZontanos

Δήμος Καστοριάς, Περιφέρεια Δυτικής Μακεδονίας, Greece

Spotted on Aug 14, 2014
Submitted on Aug 27, 2014

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