A medium sized golden-brown butterfly with black spots on the upperside. The underside of the hindwing has large silver spots, which makes it quite distinctive, and shouldn’t be confused with any other species. Males and females are similar.
Given the highly migratory nature of this species it is unlikely to be restricted to any particular habitat but see the observations.
Mediterranean White Violet Viola alba(flowers fragrant, white or blue-violet),
Mediterranean White Violet Viola alba subsp. alba (flowers fragrant, white or blue-violet), Mediterranean White Violet Viola alba subsp. dehnhardtii (flowers fragrant, white or blue-violet), Field Pansy Viola arvensis, Viola cephalonica, Dwarf Pansy Viola kitaibeliana, Sweet Violet Viola odorata, Early Dog-violet Viola reichenbachiana.
Only two individuals of this species have been recorded by members of CBC. The first was made at 15.02hrs, 9th April 2017 by Dan Danahar, Bob Giles, Colin Knight, Richard Roebuck, Sarah Canning, Chris Little and Giannis Gasteratos, near to 750m above sea level (just below the summit of Mt Pantokrator 906m).
The second sighting was made by Bri Smith on a walk in Aghios Georgios North on 14 October 2020. The individual was feeding on Aromatic Inula Dittrichia vicosa.
Given the possible hill topping behaviour of the first individual and the late arrival of the second individual (when many migrants come to Corfu) it is most probable that both these specimens were migrants.
*The information provided in the tables below is based on verified sightings of the Queen of Spain Fritillary submitted via this website since 1st January 2021.
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The chart below shows flight data by month for 2023 submitted online since 1st January 2023 to 8th June 2023.
The chart below shows flight data by month based on all data submitted online since 1st January 2019 to 8th June 2023.
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