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Titania's Fritillary

(Clossiana titania)

 

09/07/03 Loire (42) ssp. titania

23/07/03 Swiss Alps ssp.cypris

23/07/03 Swiss Alps ssp.cypris

The photo from the Loire (42) was taken in the Massif du Pilat at 1350m. It was a bit of a teaser to identify though I had an idea it must be Titania's when I saw the row of distinct triangles around the margins on the upperside. Undersides are essential really but these butterflies were very active, settling only briefly and I couldn't get a good photo of that surface. Ssp. titania is the lighter coloured subspecies which flies at altitude in central/southern France. There was plenty of the foodplant Polygonum bistorta at the site though while I was there I hadn't realised they weren't eating violets! It can be seen from the photos of ssp.cypris from the Alps that the dark markings are much more developed on the upperside of this subspecies especially around the margin and the black triangles. The undersides have much dark, purpley colouration on them (contrary to ssp. titania) although I find this species never wants to settle with wings closed so here there is much light showing through from the upper surface.

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