Melitaea phoebe

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Melitaea phoebe
Butterfly Knapweed Fritillary - Melitaea phoebe.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Melitaea
Species: M. phoebe
Binomial name
Melitaea phoebe
Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775[verification needed]

Melitaea phoebe, the knapweed fritillary, is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family.[1] It is found in the Palearctic ecozone, except the northernmost locations. It used to include Melitaea telona, recently revalidated as a distinct cryptic species.


The wingspan is 34–50 mm. The butterfly flies from April to September depending on the location.


The larvae feed on Plantago and Centaurea species (including Centaurea jacea).


  1. ^ "Melitaea Fabricius, 1807" at Markku Savela's Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms