This is Europe's sole representative of the large
family of Metal Marks, Riodinidae. This group is best represented
in south America but it does extent to most other parts of the world. In
Europe it is widespread in central Europe, extending southwards into
Greece in east.
Its English name is misleading as it isn't one of the true
Fritillaries of the family Nymphalidae. The orange ground colour
with black markings is however similar.