Boloria euphrosyne

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 2 July 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Boloria euphrosyne (syn. Clossiana euphrosyne) (NL: Zilvervlek / EN: Pearl-bordered Fritillary / DE: Silberfleck-Perlmutterfalter) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is orange with black spots on the upperside of its wing and has a wingspan of 38–46 mm. On the underside of the wings there is a row of silver pearly markings along the edge, which give the species its name. It is often confused with the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, but can be distinguished from it by the red chevrons along its pearl border (the Small Pearl-bordered has black chevrons) as well as the presence of a single silver spot in the middle of a row of yellow spots. The female has both darker markings and rounder wings than the male. The caterpillars are black with white or yellow spines along their backs. Like other species of fritillary, the males have special scent glands on their wings so that they can be recognised by females of their own species and therefore find a suitable partner.
The specimen in the image obviously had a very rough life, lacking several parts of its wings ...

Image: Tellin (BE) - 08/05/2011

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Aubélia from Kortrijk, Belgium

Wat een prachtige foto !

2 Jul 2011 6:53am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


2 Jul 2011 8:53am

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Hallo, Johan ! Ein sehr schöner Perlmutterfalter ! Auch ich habe heute einen Perlmutterfalter in aminus3, nur weiß ich leider die Unterart nicht, weil wir zur Zeit am Bodensee sind und wir das Bestimmungsbuch daheim vergessen haben. Schönen Sonntag wünscht Sonja !

2 Jul 2011 7:28pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Amazing close up. Beautiful color!

3 Jul 2011 1:21am

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm