Melitaea [Mellicta] athalia (von Rottemburg 1775) (Family Nymphalidae)

Forewing Length: 18-20mm, Wingspan: 35-40mm; Proboscis Length: 8.5-10mm
Egg Larva Pupa Imago
(2 - 3 Weeks) July - June ? May - July
(Earliest: 4.6)

Biotopes:
Meadows
Food:
(Larva)
(Polyphagous)

Several Asteraceae

Many Plantaginaceae

Melampyrum pratense

Teucrium scorodonia

Valeriana dioica
Food:
(Adult)

Ranunculus acris Nectar

Galium saxatile Nectar

Rumex acetosa
Parasitoids:
Ichneumon gracilicornis Larva

Phryxe nemea Larva
Possible Parasitoids:
Several Ichneumonidae Larvae

Several Braconidae Larvae
Predators:
(Pupae)

Carabidae

Lepidoptera of Belgium: Melitaea athalia
UK Butterflies Heath Fritillary
Lepidoptera and Their Ecology: Melitaea athalia
Lepiforum: Melitaea athalia


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