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Butterflies of temperate Asia
False Heath Fritillary
Melitaea diamina  LANG, 1789
Family - NYMPHALIDAE
subfamily - NYMPHALINAE
Tribe - MELITAEINI
subtribe - EUPHAEDRYINA
Melitaea diamina Peter Bruce-Jones
Introduction
The genus Melitaea comprises of about 70 small-medium sized butterflies - species which are only very distantly related the the larger Fritillaries such as Argynnis and Argyreus, which are members of the subfamily Heliconiinae.
Melitaea are distributed widely across the Palaearctic region from Portugal and Spain to Tibet, China and Japan.
Melitaea diamina is found from western Europe to Siberia, China, Korea and Japan.
Melitaea diamina Peter Bruce-Jones
Habitats
This is a mid-elevation species found in meadows and woodland clearings.
Lifecycle
The larval foodplants include Valeriana, Veronica, Melampyrum, Plantago, Patrinia and Polygonum.
Adult behaviour

Males, unlike those of the very similar Heath Fritillary Mellicta athalia, do not usually mud-puddle. Both sexes visit a wide range of herbaceous flowers for nectar.

 

 

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