Glanville Fritillary

Melitaea cinxia

The Glanville Fritillary is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.

The animal spends most of its life as a black, spiny caterpillar. The orange patterned butterfly lives only a few weeks.

The Glanville Fritillary inhabits open grassland throughout Europe and temperate Asia. A subspecies inhabits North Africa. Severe population declines are reported in many European countries.