Thursday, 14 May 2020

Heath Fritillary Butterfly


This is a series of photos I took in May 2013. I'm republishing them today because it's a species we could be seeing in the Touraine Loire Valley now we are allowed out and about a bit more with the relaxation of the Covid19 lockdown.

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Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Heath Fritillary Melitaea athalia.  Indre et Loire, France. Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.To learn more about this species go to the page about them on Loire Valley Nature.

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4 comments:

Sheila said...

I notice on your LVN site, you indicate that they "overwinter as a caterpillar." Are there butterflies which don't?

Susan said...

Butterflies can overwinter at any stage of the game -- egg, caterpillar, or adult, depending on species.

chm said...

Stunning photos, I should add, as usual.

Susan said...

Thank you. This was a fairly obliging subject I seem to remember.

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