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Heath fritilary - Melitaea athalia The discussion among my FB friends was weather this is either M athalia or M. aurelia. Finally we agreed that the best match is M. athalia, although in order to be sure 100%, genitalia investigation should be done. Animal,Animalia,Arthropoda,Brush-footed butterfly,Bulgaria,Geotagged,Heath fritillary,Insect,Insecta,Lepidoptera,Melitaea,Melitaea athalia,Nature,Nymphalidae,Summer,Wildlife Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Heath fritilary - Melitaea athalia

The discussion among my FB friends was weather this is either M athalia or M. aurelia. Finally we agreed that the best match is M. athalia, although in order to be sure 100%, genitalia investigation should be done.

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  1. From today's Facebook Slideshow Spotlight:
    "Brush-footed / Four-Footed Butterflies (Nymphalidae)--
    JungleDragon is ending its first week of 2019 with a spotlight on members of the beautiful Nymphalidae family of butterflies. This family consists of around 6000 species in 544 genera which are mostly distributed in the tropics, however, we will be featuring just a handful of the best from our contributors from varying locations!

    Nymphalids are some of the most prominent butterflies in the world, and include the likes of Monarchs, Mourning Cloaks, Viceroys, Tortoiseshells, and Admirals. They are medium to large butterflies with highly variable wing shape. They typically hold their wings flat when at rest and are well-known for their vibrant upper wing surfaces (usually in shades of white, black, orange, yellow, or brown). The lower surfaces of their wings are typically in stark contrast to the upper, however, and may even take on cryptic coloration (e.g. the appearance of dead leaves). This coloration provides camouflage for extra protection from predation.

    As the common family names imply, many adult members of Nymphalidae have reduced forelegs, standing and walking entirely on the remaining four. There is a lot of debate as to why these appendages may have become vestigial, but the presence of setae (hair-like structures) in some species suggests that they may be used in signaling and communication via scent. This is often considered the unifying feature in Nymphalids, but they can additionally be characterized by the presence of three carinae (ridges) on the antennae."
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The Heath Fritillary is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. It is found throughout the Palaearctic from Western Europe to Japan, in heathland, grassland, and in coppiced woodland. Its association with coppiced woodland earned it the name "Woodman's Follower" in parts of the UK. It is considered a threatened species in the UK and Germany, but not Europe-wide or globally.

Similar species: Moths And Butterflies
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Jivko Nakev

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Uploaded Jul 7, 2017. Captured Jul 1, 2017 11:51 in ul. "Stefan Stambolov" 192, 1444 в.з. Бистрица, Bistritsa, Bulgaria.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/6.3
  • 1/125s
  • ISO250
  • 100mm