Females are much
less conspicuous, tending not to fly much.
Switzerland, July 1997
Seems to be an off white tint to this scan. Advice on how to best
scan slides would be most welcome.
This is a butterfly of high alpine
slopes. It is confined to the Alps and Rila and Pirin Mts of Bulgaria. I
failed to find it in Bulgaria and the Alps in 2004. Even in the good but
early year of 2003 I only found it at one place in the Alps where it was
almost over by the first weekend of July. A visit to the Grisons site
(photo above) on the same date in 2003 yielded no hint of cynthia.
It is most unusual in European Fritillaries having very extensive white
markings on the upperside in the male. It should pose absolutely no
identification difficulties within its range. The female lacks the white
and closely resembles the other Hypodryas and Euphydryas
species which which it shares its habitats - H. intermedia and