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Melitaea diamina (Lang, 1789)   

 

 

Range: Temperate Eurasia from C Europe (retreating to mountains towards the S) to Japan.

Distribution in Bulgaria: Very poorly known, so far recorded from Rila, W Rhodopi and NE Bulgaria from 200 to 2000 m a.s.l.

Habitat: Wet grassy bushy glades and meadows, often in or near forests.

Bionomics: In Bulgaria probably has one generation from May to July. Larval host-plant: Valeriana (Tolman & Lewington 1997).

Conservation status: In Bulgaria apparently a very local and rare species, which needs dedicated research. IUCN category: Data Deficient, possibly Vulnerable. Threatened in many regions of Europe. Its inclusion into the Red Data Book of Bulgaria is herewith recommended.