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Cardinal

(Argynnis pandora)

 

Male 31/07/05 Drôme (26)

Male 31/07/05 Drôme (26)

Male 05/09/10 Var (83)

05/09/09 Var (83)

Male 31/07/05 Drôme (26)

07/08/06 Var (83)

07/08/06 Var (83)

Male 21/08/06 Rhône (69)

Upperside of insect above, 21/08/06 Rhône (69)

The Cardinal is a very large fritillary which flies essentially in southern Europe. I've been lucky to find odd males nectaring on buddleia in Provençal villages and then in late August 2006 I even found one locally in the Rhône! His uppersides are not really of a dominant orange colour like one generally expects of fritillaries, but have distinctly greenish overtones from some angles. I have found the butterfly more fidgety than Silver-washed Fritillaries nectaring on the same bushes and which have hardly moved the whole time I was there....but I've noticed before that paphia is a very 'tame' species. I would say the Cardinal is a little larger than paphia and an even stronger flyer, really very powerful. The undersides are particularly characteristic....the forewing shows a striking contrast between the yellow apex and the orangey-pink area below. The hindwing has a constant green ground colour.

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