Family - NYMPHALIDAE
Tribe - ARGYNNINI
© Emily Halsey
genus Brenthis comprises of 4 species -
mofidii. All are restricted to temperate regions of Europe or
Asia. The underside wings have patterns similar to those of
Clossiana but unlike them they do not have any silver
Brenthis daphne is found throughout
central and southern Europe, and across temperate Asia to Siberia,
Altai, Amur, Korea and Japan.
butterfly is found in woodland edge habitats, including meadows,
pastures, and well drained scrubby grassland.
fully grown larva is cream coloured with broken dark brown stripes
along the back and sides, and orange multi-branched lateral and
dorsal spikes. The larval foodplants include
Sanguisorba and Rubus ( Rosaceae
); and Viola ( Violaceae ).
© Peter Bruce-Jones
sexes nectar at a wide range of herbaceous plants but particularly
favour Origanum and other Lamiaceae.