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Butterfly populations are a very good indicator of the health of an area's ecosystem !!
Images contributed by UK 
photographer Mike Young.
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Also known as the Red-Banded Fritillary
   Melitaea didyma is a medium-sized very brightly colored species that is widespread and common over much of Europe. 
    The dorsal side black wing border is solid and uniform, usually touching the post discal arches.
   The dorsal side of the wings is a bright orange brown with dark brown markings arranged in rows, which are variable in quantity and size.
   The color of the females is a duller orange, with grey green shading. The ventral side of the wings is checkered pale yellow and pale orange.  They have seasonal forms and sexual dimorphism.
   They fly from March to October depending on the location. They have two or three generations and overwinter as young caterpillars.
   They can be found in a wide variety of habitats, including dry, flowery places, woodland or scrub clearings, meadows, dry rocky gullies and areas of marginal areas of cultivation.
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Diet: caterpillars feed on various plants, including LinariaPlantago lanceolata,    VeronicaCentaurea jacea and Digitalis purpurea.
Adult diet: nectar from Knapweed , Thistles, Scabiouses, Thyme, Hawkweeds and Vetches etc.
 Average wingspan: 3.5 – 5.0 cm /  1.4 – 2.0 in
Family: Nymphalidae
Caterpillar & chrysalis images
Spotted Frilillary
Spotted Fritillary chrysalis
The single biggest threat to butterfly survival is habitat destruction!!
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