Melitaea athalia   Heath Fritillary

Melitaea athalia upper Melitaea athalia under

This butterfly, which is quite rare in the British Isles, was the commonest seen on this hot day in the mountains. The upper wing photo shows a background of two other butterflies sheltering from the heat in the middle of a plant with burdock type leaves. In the large photos a mating pair were photographed.

Melitaea athalia head on large image Melitaea athalia mating pair  large image Melitaea athalia under large image Melitaea athalia upper large image
Head on large image Mating pair large image Under large image Upper large image

French Pyrenees opposite G├Ędre, France

Added on 16th June 2009

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