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Heath Fritillary

Melitaea athalia

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Melitaea sp.


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12 Comments

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

Don't worry they are very kind at the hospitals ;-)

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Hmm, Austria seems to be dangerous, I am going to Vienna in June, so I might take some precautions...

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

;-)
I just came back from freezing Austria, with wounded knee and black eye....

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

OK, ;-)...
Wednesday, I am going to freezeing Helsinki...

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

Neither am I, but you are the expert ;)

I think link 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 looks pretty close, and they are also taken in Sweden.

Let's say yes ;)

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

Ok thank you :)
So you still think it's an Athalia?

Then I'll add the ID...

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Do not bother about your reference book. Most important name is Athalia! The species name would never be changed (OK, there might be some exceptions...), although the taxonomists have changed the name of the genus. Sometimes it is also difficult to decide which name is now the actual taxon. In your case I think the new name is Melitaea and the older name is Mellicta. Looking for some references you will probably find both names, depending on the source and age of reference/book/website.
Here is a link with Melitaea and Mellicta mentioned as synonym:
http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPa...

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

Ok confusing, I have a book where they use the names as different species, so I guess it's not the best refference book. I could see you used them like they were the same...

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

Mellicta is the older name for Melitaea (according to faunaorg).

Jeannette
Jeannette 8 years ago

Thank you :)

I was in that area too, but I still don't think I can find the correct one...

What is the difference between Melitaea and Mellicta

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

At first sight I would have said Melitaea athalia, but I do not have the time anymore for a second sight... And I don't think it is Britomartis.

Jeannette
Spotted by
Jeannette

Kalmar län, Sweden

Spotted on Jul 20, 2009
Submitted on Feb 26, 2012

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