Niobe Fritillary

Argynnis niobe (ar-GIN-iss ny-OH-bee)

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Lauenensee, Lauenen, Switzerland - 10-Jul-11
Photo © Pete Eeles
 

Wingspan
50 - 65mm

Checklist Number
59.020.UKB

Family:NymphalidaeRafinesque, 1815
Subfamily:HeliconiinaeSwainson, 1827
Tribe:ArgynniniSwainson, 1833
Genus:ArgynnisFabricius, 1807
Subgenus:FabricianaReuss, 1920
Species:niobe(Linnaeus, 1758)

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Introduction

Old records of this species include specimens from East Kent (1851, 1856 and many from 1872 to 1874) including specimens taken between Wye and Ashford, as well as Deal in August 1892. There are also records of individual specimens from Lyndhurst in South Hampshire in 1868, Monk's Park Wood in Suffolk around 1879, West Lancashire in 1871, and Chichester in West Sussex in 1895. Sightings of this species are believed to be the result of captive breeding, given that the species was readily available through dealers.

Argynnis niobe

This species was first defined in Linnaeus (1758) as shown here (type locality: Europe).

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Simplon Pass, Simplon, Switzerland - 12-Jul-11-1

Male
Photo © Pete Eeles

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 13-Jun-09 (9)

Male Underside
Photo © Pete Eeles

Argynnis niobe, Finland, Parainen, 2008-07-05

Female
Photo © JKT

Argynnis niobe, Finland, Parainen, 2008-07-29

Female Underside
Photo © JKT

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History

The table below shows a chronology of vernacular names attributed to this species. Any qualification of the name (e.g. male, female) is shown in brackets after the name.

YearNameReference
1832Abbot's FritillaryRennie (1832)
1913Niobe FritillaryNewman & Leeds (1913)

Conservation Status

No conservation action is relevant for this species.

Habitat

Description to be completed.

Distribution

3. Questionable
 

This presence of this species in the British Isles is considered questionable.

Life Cycle

Description to be completed.

Imago

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Description to be completed.

Argynnis niobe

Argynnis niobe, Finland, Parainen, 2008-07-05

Photo © JKT
05-Jul-2008

Argynnis niobe, Finland, Parainen, 2008-07-29

Photo © JKT
29-Jul-2008

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 13-Jun-09 (2)-3

Photo © Pete Eeles
13-Jun-2009

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 13-Jun-09 (6)-2

Photo © Pete Eeles
13-Jun-2009

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 13-Jun-09 (9)

Photo © Pete Eeles
13-Jun-2009

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Mount Orvilos, Greece - 13-Jun-09 (12)

Photo © Pete Eeles
13-Jun-2009

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Lauenensee, Lauenen, Switzerland - 10-Jul-11

Photo © Pete Eeles

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Lauenensee, Lauenen, Switzerland - 10-Jul-11-1

Photo © Pete Eeles

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Lauenensee, Lauenen, Switzerland - 10-Jul-11-2

Photo © Pete Eeles

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Simplon Pass, Simplon, Switzerland - 12-Jul-11

Photo © Pete Eeles

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Simplon Pass, Simplon, Switzerland - 12-Jul-11-1

Photo © Pete Eeles

Niobe Fritillary - imago - Simplon Pass, Simplon, Switzerland - 12-Jul-11-2

Photo © Pete Eeles

Niobe Fritillary Female Ovipositing - Cernon Valley - The Cevennes - France - 13-07-12

Photo © William
13-Jul-2012

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Ovum

Description to be completed.

Argynnis niobe - Ovum [Wolfgang Wagner]

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Larva

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Description to be completed.

Argynnis niobe - Larva [Wolfgang Wagner]

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Pupa

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Argynnis niobe - Pupa [Wolfgang Wagner]

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Aberrations

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References

The species description provided here references the following publications:

ReferenceDetails
Fabricius (1807) Fabricius, J.C. (1807) Magazin für Insektenkunde, herausgegeben von Karl Illiger.
Linnaeus (1758) Linnaeus, C. (1758) Systema Naturae. Edition 10.
Newman & Leeds (1913) Newman, L.W. and Leeds, H.A. (1913) Text Book of British Butterflies and Moths.
Rafinesque (1815) Rafinesque, C.S. (1815) Analyse de la nature ou Tableau de l'univers et des corps organisés.
Rennie (1832) Rennie, J. (1832) A conspectus of the butterflies and moths found in Britain, with their English and systematic names, times of appearances, sizes, colours, their caterpillars, and various localities.
Reuss (1920) Reuss, T. (1920) Die Androconien von Yramea cytheris Drury und die nächststehenden analogen Schuppenbildungen bei Dione Hbn. und Brenthis Hbn. (Lep.). Entomologische Mitteilungen.
Swainson (1827) Swainson, W. (1827) A Sketch of the Natural Affinities of the Lepidoptera Diurna of Latreille. The Philosophical magazine : or Annals of chemistry, mathematics, astronomy, natural history and general science.