Melitaea nevadensis
(ex-Mellicta athalia ssp celadusa)
(ex-Melitaea helvetica)

 
         
   
La Mélitée de Fruhstorfer  
           
 
Formerly considered as a subspecies of M. athalia (ssp celadusa), this fritillary from the South of France is a true species which is now named Melitaea nevadensis. Checking the genitalia is the only way to make the difference between this butterfly and M.athalia (see photos No.12], 14], 20] & 30] )
 
       
   
1] male of Melitaea nevadensis - Var (France) - 15/05/2012   2] same specimen as 1]  
       
       
   
3] same specimen as 1] showing the black markings in spaces 1b, 2 and 3 on the forewing underside   4] male - Var (France) - 09/06/2010
 
 
       
       
   
5] male on animal dung - Var (France) - 18/05/2011   6] other male - Var (France) - 18/05/2011  
       
       
   
7] male - Haute Loire (France) - 10/07/2014   8] other male - Haute Loire (France) - 10/07/2014  
       
       
   
9] male - Haute Loire (France) - 12/07/2014   10] other male - Haute Loire (France) - 12/07/2014  
       
       
   
11] male - Haute Loire (France) - 12/07/2014
 
  12] close-up of the genitalia in a male - Haute Loire (France) - 10/07/2014  
       
       
   
13] male alt.200m - Ain (France) - 28/05/2018   14] close-up of the genitalia of the male shown in picture 13]  
       
       
   
15] male - Var (France) - 09/06/2010   16] same specimen as 15]  
       
       
   
17] male - Var (France) - 21/05/2011   18] other male - Var (France) - 21/05/2011  
       
       
   
19] male - Var (France) - 24/05/2014
 
  20] close-up of the genitalia in a male - Var (France) - 24/05/2014  
       
       
   
21] male - Var (France) - 18/05/2011   22] other male - Var (France) - 18/05/2011  
       
       
   
23] male - Var (France) - 18/05/2011   24] male - Var (France) - 25/05/2017  
       
       
   
25] male alt.1050m - Alpes maritimes (France) - 01/07/2016   26] same specimen as 25]  
       
       
   
27] male puddling - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 07/07/2018
 
  28] male alt. 700m - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 16/06/2018  
       
       
   
29] other male alt. 700m - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 16/06/2018   30] close-up of the genitalia of the male shown in picture 29]
 
 
       
       
   
31] close-up of the genitalia in a male alt. 750m - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 24/06/2018   32] female of Melitaea nevadensis - Var (France) - 15/05/2012
 
 
       
       
   
33] female - Var (France) - 05/06/2014   34] female - Var (France) - 29/05/2014  
       
       
   
35] female - Var (France) - 03/06/2011   36] same specimen as 35]  
       
       
   
37] other female - Var (France) - 03/06/2011   38] same specimen as 37]  
       
       
   
39] female from the population shown in photos 7] to 11] - Haute Loire (France) - 12/07/2014   40] other female - Haute Loire (France) - 12/07/2014
 
 
       
       
   
41] other female - Haute Loire (France) - 12/07/2014   42] same specimen as 41]  
       
       
   
43] other female - Var (France) - 09/08/2010   44] same specimen as 43]  
       
       
   
45] female - Var (France) - 18/05/2011   46] same specimen as 45]  
       
       
   
47] other female - Var (France) - 18/05/2011   48] same specimen as 47]  
       
       
   
49] female - Var (France) - 03/06/2011
 
  50] same specimen as 49], the forewing underside showing strong black markings in spaces 1b, 2 and 3.  
       
       
   
51] female - Haute Loire (France) - 23/07/2013
 
  52] a female (left) and a male - Haute Loire (France) - 23/07/2013  
       
       
   
53] a female (foreground) and a male - Var (France) - 10/06/2011   54] female - Hautes Alpes (France) - 22/06/2013
 
 
       
       
   
55] female - Var (France) - 08/06/2011   56] female - Var (France) - 30/07/2011  
       
       
   
57] female alt.1374m - Hautes Alpes (France) - 17/08/2016   58] female - Var (France) - 25/05/2017  
       
       
   
59] female alt.436m - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 16/06/2018   60] same specimen as 59]
 
 
       
       
   
61] female alt.565m - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 16/06/2018   62] female alt.1308m - Aude (France) - 24/06/2018
 
 
       
       
   
63] mating pair (female above) alt.436m - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 23/06/2018   64] same scene as 63] (female on the right)
 
 
       
       
   
65] mating pair (female on the left) - Alpes de Haute Provence (France) - 16/06/2011   66] mating pair - Var (France) - 10/06/2010
 
 
       
       
   
67] caterpillar found on Plantago lanceolata - Var (France) - 01/05/2012   68] caterpillar - Hautes Alpes (France) - 19/06/2013
 
 
       
       
   
69] caterpillar (found on Plantago lanceolata)  - Var (France) - 08/05/2012   70] same larva as 69]
 
 
       
       
   
71] chrysalis which originated from the larva shown in 69] & 70]  - Var ( France) - 21/05/2012   72] male (which originated from the chrysalis shown in 71] ) - Var (France) - 31/05/2012  
       
       
   
73] same specimen as 72]
 
  74] close-up of the head of a caterpillar - Var (France) - 04/05/2014  
       
       
   
75] caterpillar on Plantago lanceolata - Var (France) - 21/04/2014   76] caterpillar on Plantago lanceolata - Var (France) - 09/05/2014   
       
       
 
77] caterpillar on Plantago lanceolata - Var (France) - 21/04/2014  
       
       
   
78] chrysalis which originated from the caterpillar shown in photo 75] - Var (France) - 09/05/2014   79] same chrysalis as 78]
 
 
       
       
   
80] chrysalis which originated from the caterpillars shown in photos 75] & 77] - Var (France) - 09/05/2014   81] chrysalis - Var (France)  - 21/05/2013
 
 
       
       
   
82] female which emerged from the chrysalis shown in photo 80] (the one above) - Var (France) - 18/05/2014   83] male which emerged from the chrysalis shown in photos 78] & 79] - Var (France) - 18/05/2014  
       
       
       
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