Nymphalidae: Nymphalinae

07273 Freyer's Fritillary Melitaea arduinna, (Esper, 1783)

BF -- (ABH59.000)

Western Stara Planina, 5th July 2014, male.
Western Stara Planina, 5th July 2014, male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Western Stara Planina, 5th July 2014, male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
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Western Stara Planina, 5th July 2014, male.
Western Stara Planina, 5th July 2014, male.
 Photo © John Hollis
Western Stara Planina, 5th July 2014, male.
Western Stara Planina, 5th July 2014, male.
 Photo © John Hollis
Western Stara Planina, 5th July 2014, male.
Western Stara Planina, 5th July 2014, male.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
East Serbia (near Bulgarian border), 9th July 2016. Male, 1 of 2.
East Serbia (near Bulgarian border), 9th July 2016. Male, 1 of 2.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
East Serbia (near Bulgarian border), 9th June 2016. Male, 2 of 2.
East Serbia (near Bulgarian border), 9th June 2016. Male, 2 of 2.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Oshzne, NW Bulgaria, 6th June 2016. Female.
Oshzne, NW Bulgaria, 6th June 2016. Female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
near Vratsa, NW Bulgaria, 6th July 2014, female.
near Vratsa, NW Bulgaria, 6th July 2014, female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
near Vratsa, NW Bulgaria, 8th July 2014, female.
near Vratsa, NW Bulgaria, 8th July 2014, female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Dragoman, 8th July 2014. Female.
Dragoman, 8th July 2014. Female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
Dragoman, 8th July 2014. Female.
Dragoman, 8th July 2014. Female.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
East Serbia (near Bulgarian border), 9th June 2016. Female, 1 of 2.
East Serbia (near Bulgarian border), 9th June 2016. Female, 1 of 2.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
East Serbia (near Bulgarian border), 9th June 2016. Female, 2 of 2.
East Serbia (near Bulgarian border), 9th June 2016. Female, 2 of 2.
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies
east Serbia, 12th June 2016. Freyer's Fritillaries with other butterflies puddling,
east Serbia, 12th June 2016. Freyer's Fritillaries with other butterflies puddling,
 Photo © Nick Greatorex-Davies


General Information

In Europe it only occurs in a few scattered locations in eastern Europe. It is absent from many parts of Bulgaria, but is widespread and can be quite common in north-west Bulgaria. It also occurs along the Black Sea coast south of Bourgas.

 

Overwinters communally in a larval web on the host plant.


Foodplant(s): knapweeds (Centaurea spp.)
Flying: Late May to early July
UK Presence: Resident
National status: Near Threatened

Habitat

Occurs in open shrubby flowery meadows and woodland glades.

Regional Information

Recorded in 19 (1%) of the 1900 10km squares of Bulgaria.

Last recorded in June 2019

Recorded date range (Adult): 05 June to 08 July


Near Threatened