Boloria thore - Thor's Fritillary

Boloria-thore-thors-fritillary | PTKbutterflies

This I saw for the first time in 2013, in Northern Italy. It was another one I was really excited about, having eluded me on all previous attempts to find it. 

In the event, with no reliable site knowledge, and travelling back towards Bergamo for a flight home, a hunch about a spot at the roadside proved to be spectacularly right. 

This was patient and well behaved for a short time, but never allowed a view, let alone a photograph of it's underside.... maybe next time !

 

Indeed there was a next time - in July 2015 I encountered the species again in Northern Italy, hence a further butterfly photograph or three. 

In 2018 I encountered the paler, arctic version of Thor's and took two acceptable photographs.

Boloria-thore-thors-fritillary | PTKbutterflies
Boloria-thore-thors-fritillary | PTKbutterflies
Boloria-thore-thors-fritillary | PTKbutterflies

The two below are the Arctic images...

Boloria-thore-thors-fritillary | PTKbutterflies
Boloria-thore-thors-fritillary | PTKbutterflies