Full scientific name:
Melitaea cinxia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Flight Period and Life Cycle
1 brood per year. Overwinters as caterpillar.
Distribution in Croatia
The entire territory. Check the included map.
External Morphology Characteristics
The upper side of the wings has a dark pattern with orange color. On the upper side of the hindwing, in the postdiscal zone there is a series of dark spots. In the postdiscal zone of the underside of hindwing there is a series of orange spots with black dots in the center. In the discal zone there is a wider white stripe. In the marginal zone there are white lunules with a series of triangular dark spots.
Imago feeds with nectar of various flowers.
Caterpillar Host Plants
Plantago and Veronica species.
Nutrient-poor grasslands. Edges of woodlands and bushes. Elevations: 0-1400m.