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Jun 21, 2012 4:28 PM

New subspecies of Argynnis aglaja?

I snapped this butterfly today in central Spain. It seems to be a dark green fritillary.

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The upper wing patterns suggest aglaja or adippe or possibly niobe. However, the underwing is nothing like niobe and differs from adippe in lacking the 4 brown spots, which leaves me with aglaja as the identification . However, my book describes the underwing as "base green with large silver spots" whereas I would describe this butterfly's underwings as yellow with green/silvery spots.  I found some sub-species described on another website but none of those (UK variants) matched this specimen. Can anyone tell me if this is a know sub-species?

 

Alan 

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