Bog Fritillary (60)
|Bog Fritillary (Boloria (Proclossiana) eunomia) |
This is one of several species of Fritillary found only on bogs and it is probably the most common of them. It occurs mostly on the peat bogs of Scandinavia and NE Europe, but it is also found in isolated pockets in France and Belgium.
This is a rather dark female of the Scandinavian subspecies ossiana. In Swedish it is called ‘Svartringlad Pärlemorfjäril’, or ‘black-ringed fritillary’, because it can be identified from other fritillaries by the row of black rings on the underside of the hind-wing (see WORKSHOP).
A fine posting of this species of the nominate race from Germany can be seen here
The larval host plant is thought to be the leaves of Cranberry (Vaccinium oxycoccos).
She is resting on the flowers of a common species of orchid, the Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata). This species of orchid is especially common in the alpine and sub-alpine regions of Sweden, on bogs and moors. All orchids in Sweden are protected and must not be picked.
I took this towards evening in light cloud with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 2 meters (6ft 6in.). After moderate cropping and size reduction this image was selectively sharpened but the DOF was poor.