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]

The knapweed fritillary (Melitaea phoebe) is a butterfly of the Nymphalidae family. 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).