Issoria lathonia (Kleine parelmoervlinder (BE) / Queen of Spain Fritillary (EN) / Kleiner Perlmutterfalter (DE) / Petit nacré (FR) ) is a butterfly of the family Nymphalidae. Forewing length 19-23 mm. The top of the wings is orange with black spots; in flight, this dot pattern is rather striking. The underside of the rear wing has striking, large oval silver spots. The wing shape is slightly angled. The adults are strong and very active flyers, and may be found anywhere but forests. In Flanders there is only one population in the extreme south-west left but it is still more widespread in the southern part of Belgium. On the red list it is mentioned "threatened". The larva lives on different species of Viola.
The adults fly in two to three overlapping generations a year from early April till the end of October.
Image: Tellin (BE) - 25/08/2010
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