Queen of Spain Fritillary, Issoria lathonia, butterfly, italy

Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)

Whilst walking in the Italian Alps during the summer, I photographed this Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia). The Fritillary butterflies can be quite tricky to identify, as there are quite a few similar-looking species in Europe. The key to recognising a Queen of Spain Fritillary is the obvious pattern of white circles on the underwing, as seen in the photo below:

Queen of Spain Fritillary, Issoria lathonia, butterfly, italy

Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)

This pretty butterfly can be found widely throughout mainland Europe, but is an exciting rarity if you live in the UK!

 

 

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