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Punic fritillary – LEPIDOPTERA LIBANOTICA

Punic fritillary

Melitaea punica telona

One of the smaller fritillaries with a wingspan of 30-40 mm, resembles the knapweed of which it was once considered a subspecies but smaller and of a lighter yellowish colour. The Punic is commoner in the east of the country, in damp meadows, dry valleys, semi-desert, and on stony hillsides and mountain slopes. Host plants include scabious (Scabiosa spp.), thistles (Carduus and Cirsium spp.), red star-thistle (Centaurea calcitrapa), and plantains (Plantago spp.). It flies April through September in several broods.

 

Attribution: Zeynel Cebeci (Wikipedia Creative Commons)

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