Argynnis adippe (Bosrandparelmoervlinder of Adippevlinder (BE) /High Brown Fritillary (EN) ) (syn. = Fabriciana adippe) is the third Fritillary-species I met on my last trip to the south of the country.
The upper side color and pattern is once-more about the same as in both previous species, but distinctive is the underside of the backwing.
It is colored oker with bright pearl-colored spots. Typical is the row of little white spots with a broad brownish border.
When you have a close look on this image and yesterdays' you can see the differencens in the pattern and colors of the backwing.
Please note that determination of Fritillaries is most of the time very difficult or impossible on a single image - you definitely need to have a detailed look at the undersides of the wings (my determinations are made from all the images of the same specimen I was able to make in different angles). With a forewinglenght of 24 tot 31 mm it is slightly bigger than the Bright green Fritillary, but this can hardly be seen in the field.
It is also a rather rare species in the south of Belgium wich also can very rarely be observed in the north.
Image: Viroinval (BE) - 24/07/2010
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