Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)

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20556_male_Côte-d'Or_2Jun10 31086_female_Jura_11Jul12 27525_female_Jura_19Jul11

In many places, the UK in particular, the Pearl-bordered Fritillary (B. euphrosyne) is considerably less common than selene. However, in southern France the reverse seems to be true, and in Var and the Alpes-Maritimes selene does not occur so there is never an identification problem. In fact, having visited a variety of locations in southern France in the past seven years I have not seen a single selene, and euphrosyne was often common, sometimes very common. In 2011 and 2012 I encountered selene at a location in the Jura.

Selene is superficially quite similar to euphrosyne. The principal differences are discussed on the euphrosyne page.

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20556 M a very quick hand-held photograph, but opportunities to get any photograph are rare for me. This seems to be typical in terms of size and markings for selene, in my limited experience. 320
31086 F a female, from the same location as 27525. It is not as heavily marked as 27525 but the "pearls" at the margins are more clearly enclosed and thus more easily recognised as such. 1060
27525 F a female, as indicated by the body shape, heavier markings and rounder wing shape. 27546 is the underside. 1060
27546 F the series of white discal marks is not particularly pronounced, only the marks in s1c and s4 really appearing white, the others being rather off-white. 27525 is the upperside. 1060