The High Brown Fritillary (Argynnis adippe) is a butterfly, and an insect.
The High Brown Fritillary is golden brown. The outer edges of its forewings (front wings) are slightly concave. It has black spots on it forewings and hindwings (back wings). Its underside is yellowish-brown with a row of reddish spots. It has long club-shaped antennae.
It grows to about 2.5 centimetres (1 inch) with a wingspan of about 4-5.5 centimetres (1.5-2 inches).
The High Brown Fritillary is found in most of Europe, temperate Asia, and North America. It prefers overgrown woodlands or lightly wooded areas.
The caterpillar eats leaves, and the adult butterfly sips nectar from flowers.
Female butterflies lay pinkish eggs on leaves, moss, or dry stems. The eggs hatch into caterpillars 8-9 months later. Each caterpillar feeds on plant leaves and eventually becomes a chrysalis that looks like dead leaves. After 3 weeks, the adult butterfly emerges.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM