Melitaea aurelia

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 26 October 2011 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Melitaea aurelia (NL: Steppeparelmoervlinder / EN: Nickerl's Fritillary / DE: Ehrenpreis-Scheckenfalter, Wegerich-Scheckenfalter / FR: Mélitée des digitales) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It can be found from western France to southern Germany and the Alps to the Balkans and from northern Germany to Latvia. Preferred habitats are dry grassy or flowery glades, meadows, mountain slopes etc. up to 1500m. The species in the Melitaea genus are very tricky to identify. M. athalia and M. britomartis are so close that genital examination is often needed to distinguish the species.

Image: Val Bregaglia (CH) - 20/07/2011

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Lougris from Toulouse, France

une belle trilogie de lépidoptères joliement traversés de lumière !

26 Oct 2011 9:50pm

Lia from Zwolle, Netherlands

Erg mooi!!!

27 Oct 2011 8:33pm

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