Heath fritillary - Mellicta athalia


Family: Nymphalidae.

Flight Time: May - August.

Size: 34-46mm

Altitude: 0-2200m


A very rare species in the UK, just a few colonies in the SE and SW of England. This one is taken at a managed reserve on the Devon/Cornwall border. In the rest of Europe they are more widespread, although still declining I believe



Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution

Mellicta deione

Cow wheat

Cow-wheat Melampyrum, Plantain Plantago


Heath fritilllary distribution.

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Early Stages




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