Queen of Spain fritillary- Issoria lathonia


Family: Nymphalidae

Flight Time: March - October

Size: 38-46mm

Altitude: 0-2700m

Underside Notes:

Both photographs were taken in Brittany in the summer of 1997, the top one in near Redon and the lower on Belle Isle.

The shape of the hindwing is characteristic, as are the large silver spots, see left.

Quite a powerful migrant this species occasionally reaches the UK. There is even evidence of a permanent colony surviving in eastern England.



Fact File

Similar Species Foodplants Habitat Distribution


Viola species.

Viola species


Queen of Spain fritillary distribution


Early Stages


  Queen of Spain fritillary larva. Queen of Spain fritillary pupa.


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