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Knapweed fritillary – LEPIDOPTERA LIBANOTICA

Knapweed fritillary

Melitaea phoebe

A small to medium-sized fritillary with a wingspan of 34-50 mm, of a bright orange-red colour with numerous black markings. There are several subspecies in Lebanon. The knapweed lives in all types of habitats, such as coastal farmland, scrub, open woodland, flowery meadows, and dry grassy slopes. Host plants include red star-thistle (Centaurea calcitrapa) and other knapweeds, hence the name, as well as thistles (Carduus spp.), scabious (Scabiosa spp.), speedwells (Veronica spp.), and plantains (Plantago spp.). It flies from April through early September, in several broods.



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