Niobe Fritillary (Argynnis niobe)
Taken nr Dobrinishte, Bulgaria, on July 25th 2015.
(1/320th sec at f10. Approx 1.7x lifesize)
© David Hastings
DescriptionWing span: 53 - 67 mm
This species closely resembles the High Brown Fritillary, but is slightly smaller and darker. The forewing outer margin is straight or convex, not concave.
It is widespread and locally common throughout most of Europe except the British Isles and northern Fennoscandia.
It can be found on hot south-facing slopes, dry flower-rich fields and grasslands mostly in uplands up to 2400m.
The is one brood per year between late May and mid-August.
Larvae feed on various Violets (Viola spp.)