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Heath Fritillary; Atalia

Melitaea celadussa


Butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. Wing-span of 39–47 mm. The upperside is predominantly dark brown and orange-brown, with the orange-brown spots delineated by dark brown (along and across the wing-veins); there is a white fringe to the wings through which the dark brown extends. The upperside of the body is a similar dark brown to the colour on the wing, and the base of both wings is dark brown. The underside shows bands of red and (off-)white, with each vein dark brown and each colour delineated by dark brown. The pattern of white spots at the base of the hindwing (visible at rest) is diagnostic for identification.


Spotted in open area close to pine tree forest. High mountains above 1000m. Parque Natural de Sierra de Gredos


The subspecies celadussa Camera Model: NIKON D300. Exposure Time: 1/640 sec.; f/13; ISO Speed Rating: 800. Exposure Bias: 0 EV. Focal Length: 300.0 mm. No flash

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Navarredonda de Gredos, Castilla y León, Spain

Spotted on Jun 20, 2014
Submitted on Sep 2, 2014


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