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Issoria lathonia (Queen of Spain Fritillary)

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Butterflies are out and flying everywhere.
Finally have identified it as Issoria lathonia (Queen of Spain Fritillary aka Перламутровка латона).
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Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SX200 IS
Shutter Speed
1/807 second
Aperture
F/5.3
Focal Length
60 mm
ISO Speed
80
Date Taken
May 9, 2010, 12:46:41 PM
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Unossofrus's avatar
That's a Queen of Spain Fritillary, not a Tortoiseshell :) They are a rare migrant to the UK so I haven't seen one yet :(
< This is a Small Tortoiseshell
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Thank you for corection!

After some search I found why I discarded Issoria lathonia (Queen of Spain Fritillary).  This map - eol.org/pages/155240/maps - says that this butterfly don't come over here (West Siberia). And since it's Russian name translates more like Mother-of-Pearl, well I thought it were two similar looking, but unrelated butterflys.
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That map isn't accurate unfortunately. The butterfly is locally common across the entire continents of Asia and Europe, reaching as far east as China. this map just shows the distribution within Europe (its really weird how there are loads of sightings in Poland but none outside its borders! it doesn't make much sense.) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_of…