Melitaea didyma - Lot Moths and Butterflies - species in Las Descargues, the Lot, France
drawing of a moth



Las Descargues, 17 August 2015
Melitaea didyma Adult


© Robin Howard

Melitaea didyma (Esper, 1779)

Spotted Fritillary
La Mélitée orangée

Wingspan: 38-46mm

A highly variable bivoltine species on the wing from April to September when it is a frequent visitor to Las Descargues, the plateau and the Causse. A species of floristically-rich meadows and dry grasslands.

The larva feeds on Plantago, Veronica, Linaria, Digitalis, Achillea, Verbascum.