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Melitaea cinxia (Linnaeus, 1758)

Имаго  (Melitaea cinxia)


class Insecta subclass Pterygota infraclass Neoptera superorder Holometabola order Lepidoptera superfamily Papilionoidea family Nymphalidae subfamily Melitaeinae tribe Melitaeini subtribe Melitaeina genus Melitaea → species Melitaea cinxia

Species name(s)

Melitaea cinxia (Linnaeus, 1758) = Papilio cinxia Linnaeus, 1758 = Papilio pilodellae Rottemburg, 1775 = Papilio pilosella Rottemburg, 1775 = Papilio delia Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775 = Papilio abacus Rezius, 1783 = horvathi Abafi-Aigner, 1906 = kasyi Gross & Ebert, 1975 = Melitaea amardea Grum-Grshimailo 1895 = Melitaea arelatia Fruhstorfer 1910 = Melitaea australis Verity 1916 = Melitaea carpentana Verity 1929 = Melitaea castiliana Turati 1921 = Melitaea delia Denis & Schiffermüller 1775 = Melitaea deva Hemming 1934 = Melitaea narbonensis Fruhstorfer 1917 = Melitaea phoebe Godart 1821 = Melitaea pilosellae Rottemburg 1776 = Melitaea sicula Ragusa 1919 = Melitaea trivia Schrank 1801 = Melitaea tschujaca Seitz 1908.

Glanville Fritillary.



This species marks on the maps: 4.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #12. Nizhnevolzhsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #20. Yuzhno-Zapadnosibirsky; #22. Krasnoyarsky; #23. Predaltaisky; #24. Gorno-Altaisky; #25. Tuvinsky; #26. Predbaikalsky; #27. Pribaikalsky; #28. Zabaikalsky; #31. Yuzhno-Yakutsky; #36. Sredne-Amursky; #37. Nizhne-Amursky; #40. Primorsky.

Forewing length

15—20 mm.

Primary colors

Orange, Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Larva lifespan

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Имаго  (Melitaea cinxia)

Detailed information with references


  • Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sicily, Slovakia, the Soviet Union - the European part of Turkey - European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the British Isles, France, Germany, Greece (mainland), Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Lithuania Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway (mainland), the Channel Islands,Poland, Portugal (mainland), Russia, Romania, North Aegean Islands, Sicily, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey (European part), Ukraine, Finland, France (mainland), Croatia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [10].
  • Regions of the Russian Federation: the Volga-Don, East Caucasus, Gorno-Altaisk, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny-Amur, Lower Volga, Prealtay , of Baikal, Pribaikalskiy,Seaside, Mid-Amur, the Volga-Average, Average Urals, Tuva, South West Siberian, South Ural, South Yakutia. [3].
  • Areal Melitaea cinxia - all of Europe, at an altitude of 2000 m. [5].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • The length of the front wing from 1.5 to 2 cm. The dark pattern on the top side of wings sometimes blurs, underside of front wings orange-yellow, off-white closer to the top of the wing, almost without pattern. [5].

General info about Imago

  • Places volley - edge of the forest, mixed grass meadows. [5].

Imago lifespan

  • Checkered tsinksii fly from late May to early July. [5].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Plantago, Centaurea, Veronica. [28].
  • Plantain lancet. [5].

Larva lifespan

  • The caterpillars are active from July to May, winter. [5].

Overwintering stage

  • Caterpillar. [5].

Subspecies of Melitaea cinxia


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Viktor Kolesnikov, Jan van Holten.

Text data: Peter Khramov.

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