Melitaea ignasiti
         
no vernacular name  
no vernacular name  
           
 
 
   
1] male of Melitaea ignasiti, the day it emerged from the chrysalis shown in 24] & 25] below - 28/07/2020   2] same specimen as 1]
 
 
       
       
   
3] same specimen as 1]   4] same specimen as 1]  
       
       
   
5] other male, the day it emerged from the chrysalis shown in 26] - 29/07/2020
 
  6] closer view of the specimen in 1], showing the submarginal chevrons on the upperside which is an identification criterion (essential difference with Melitaea didyma's wing pattern)  
       
       
   
7] closer view of the underside of the specimen in 1], showing the extra vein across the cell which is an identification criterion, albeit not too easy to see (essential difference with Melitaea didyma's wing pattern)
 
  8] closer view of the underside of the specimen in 1], showing the black triangles on the margin (dark blue arrows) and the arch-shaped black lunules which form a continuous line (bright blue arrows). The lattest criterion is important for separating this species from Melitaea didyma  
       
       
   
9] close-up of the genitalia (of the specimen shown in 1])   10] close-up of the genitalia (of the specimen shown in 1])  
       
       
   
11] close-up of the genitalia (of the specimen shown in 1]) - Ventral view.   12] close-up of the genitalia (of the specimen shown in 1]) - Ventral view.  
       
       
 
13] caterpillar of Melitaea ignasiti, found on the underside of a leaf of Verbascum lychnitis, which is the host-plant - Pyrénées orientales alt.1210m (France) - 18/07/2020  
       
       
   
14] same larva as 13] - Pyrénées orientales alt.1210m (France) - 18/07/2020   15] same larva as 13], close-up of the head - Pyrénées orientales alt.1210m (France) - 18/07/2020  
       
       
   
16] same larva as 13] - 19/07/2020

 
  17] a second caterpillar of Melitaea ignasiti, found on the same head of Verbascum lychnitis as the caterpillar in 13] - Pyrénées orientales alt.1210m (France) - 18/07/2020  
       
       
 
18] same larva as 17] - 19/07/2020      
       
       
   
19] same larva as 17] - 19/07/2020   20] same larva as 17] - 19/07/2020  
       
       
 
21] view of the place where the caterpillars in 13] & 17] were seen, on the side of a road. The head of Verbascum lychnitis on which the larvae were feeding is visible (white arrow) - Pyrénées orientales alt.1210m (France) - 18/07/2020  
       
       
   
22] blossom head of Verbascum lychnitis - Pyrénées orientales (France) - 18/07/2020   23] same place as 21]. Heads of Verbascum lychnitis are visible - Pyrénées orientales alt.1210m (France) - 18/07/2020  
       
       
   
24] chrysalis of Melitaea ignasiti, which originated from the caterpillar shown in 13] - 22/07/2020   25] same chrysalis as 24]
 
 
       
       
     
26] chrysalis of Melitaea ignasiti, which originated from the caterpillar shown in 17] - 22/07/2020      
       
       
       
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