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Melitaea diamina (Lang, 1789)

Самец  (Melitaea diamina)


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

Species name(s)

Melitaea diamina (Lang, 1789) = Melitaea dictynna = Papilio diamina Lang, 1789 = Melitaea dictynna alpestris Fruhstorfer, 1917 = Mellicta dictynna = Melitaea aurelita Fruhstorfer 1923 = Melitaea briantea Turati 1921 = Melitaea corythalia Hübner 1793 = Melitaea erycinides Staudinger 1892 = Melitaea hebe Borkhausen 1793 = Melitaea melicerta Pfutzner 1873 = Melitaea orthia Hübner 1816 = Melitaea orientalpestris Verity 1931 = Melitaea protomedia Ménétriès, 1859 = Melitaea wheeleri Chapman 1910 = Melitaea ligata Caruel 1944. [9, 10, 85, 187]

False-heath Fritillary.



This species marks on the maps: 4.

Zoogeographical regions


Russia regions

#1. Kaliningradsky; #3. Karelsky; #4. Evropeisky Severo-Zapadny; #6. Evropeisky Severo-Vostochny; #7. Evropeisky yuzhno-tayozhny; #8. Evropeisky Tsentralny; #9. Evropeisky Tsentralno-Chernozyomny; #10. Sredne-Volzhsky; #11. Volgo-Donsky; #13. Zapadno-Kavkazsky; #14. Vostochno-Kavkazsky; #16. Sredne-Uralsky; #17. Yuzhno-Uralsky; #19. Sredneobsky; #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

16—23 mm.

Primary colors

Orange, Brown/Gray/Black, White.

Flight time

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

Самка  (Melitaea diamina)

Detailed information with references

Taxonomy, synonyms and combinations

  • Melitaea dictynna. [85].


  • Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, the Soviet Union - the European part, Finland, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Estonia, Yugoslavia. [1].
  • Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Germany, Denmark (mainland), Spain (mainland), Italy (mainland), Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Netherlands, Norway (mainland) Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, 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-East, the European North-West, the European Central Black Earth, the European Central European South taiga, Transbaikalia, Western Caucasus, Kaliningrad, Karelia, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhne-Amur, Prealtay,Of Baikal, Pribaikalskiy, Seaside, Mid-Amur, the Volga-Average, Average Urals, Sredneobskaya, Tuva, South West Siberian, South Ural, South Yakutia. [3].
  • Grasslands of various types. [185].

Imago Habitus and Differences from alike species

  • Length of front wing: 16-23 mm. [185].
  • Отличие от Melitaea athalia: два полных ряда пятен на задних крыльях, а не три. [85].

Imago lifespan

  • June July [185].

Larva food plants / other food objects

  • Valeriana, Melampyrum. [28].
  • Plantain (Plantago), Veronica (Veronica) [185].

Subspecies of Melitaea diamina


Initial species uploading to the site: Peter Khramov.

Photos: Alexsandr Martukov.

Text data: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.

The species characteristics formalization: Peter Khramov, Vasiliy Feoktistov.



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02.09.2015 17:38, Vasiliy Feoktistov Corrected data.

Forewing length: No formalized data → 16—23 mm. Flight time: No formalized data → June, July.

27.07.2015 12:55, Vasiliy Feoktistov

I think that is all right, but at the same typo Kurentsova: https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ланг,_Генрих_Готлоб

27.07.2015 12:37, Yuri Semejkin

In my opinion is a typo in the name of the author. It would be right on through. In particular at Kurentsova says Long.

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