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Argynnis pandora

Argynnis pandora ( Cardinal / Kardinal, Grüner Silberstrich ) - seen in the Mirusha Valley (central Kosova)


This species can be found in southern and eastern Europe. It flies in forest meadows where it is strongly attracted to thistles. It is difficult to distinguish it in flight from related species the Silver Washed, Niobe, High Brown and Dark Green Fritillaries (Argynnis paphia, niobe, adippe and aglaja) although it is rather duller and greenish. Close inspection will reveal a green shading (of varying extent) on the upperside although in some populations this appears to be much reduced, such as in Crete. The rich water-melon pink underside forewing patch is the key diagnostic feature.

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Taken on June 17, 2011