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The Lesser Spotted Fritillary

Melitaea trivia Denis & Schiffermüller 1775

Abundance

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Frequent

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Description

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Size: 28-38 mm. The underside of the hindwing has a submarginal spots triangular, not rounded (as in Melitaea deserticola).The body is white from the underneath.

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Distribution in Egypt

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South Sinai. AOO = 52 km2. EOO = 17,100 km2. 3 locations. Possible decline since 1950.

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Global Distribution

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Narrow (South East Europe to Baluchistan)

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Habitat

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Rough ground with flowers in dry regions.

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IUCN

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Vulnerable (D2)

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Life Cycle

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Two generations per year.

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Records

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15 records. Latest in 2002 (South Sinai)

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Status in Egypt

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Resident

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Taxonomy

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Definition of subspecies difficult because of seasonal, ecological and individual variation. Larson (1990) assigns it to syriaca Rebel

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The Flight Period

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May-August

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Trophic Strategy

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Host-plants: Verbascum (Scrophulariaceae), especially V. sinaiticum

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