Butterflies of Norway




English name: Niobe Fritillary
Norwegian name: Niobeperlemorvinge
Auctor: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Original description: as Papilio Nymphalis niobe in Syst.Nat. (Edn. 10) I: 481.
Syn.: herse (Hüfnagel, 1766)
pelopia (Borkhausen, 1788)
cleodoxa (Esper, [1789])
Type locality of nominate species: "Europe" (Sweden).
Worldwide distribution: Europe to West Siberia, Turkey across Iran and Afghanistan to
Tian-Shan, Altai, Transbaikalia, W Mongolia and W. China..
Subspecies in Norway: A.n.niobe.


A. niobe niobe

Auctor: (Linnaeus, 1758)
Syn.: --
Type locality of subspecies: "Europe" (Sweden).
Distribution in Norway: South Norway. Present distribution: only the Oslofjord and OS: Gran.
Notes: Form eris, a form missing the silvery spots on the hind-wing underside, is not very
common in Norway.
Described forms found in Norway: f. eris Meigen, [1828]
Etymology: niobe: Nioba was the daughter of Tantalus, changed by Zeus into stone.
eris = strife, quarrel, debate, contention (Greek).

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Kommune Coll. date Legit In coll. Remarks
1 28 AK Oslo   Lauritz Martin Esmark ZMO m
2 28 AK Oslo   Lauritz Martin Esmark ZMO m
3 28 AK Oslo   Lauritz Martin Esmark ZMO m - ventral view
4 28 AK Oslo   Lauritz Martin Esmark ZMO f
5 19 VE Stokke 15-VII-1931 Karl Haanshus ZMO f - ventral view
6 28 AK Oslo   Lauritz Martin Esmark ZMO f- ventral view

For further notes, photos and maps of this species, check out
the Lepidoptera homepage of the Zoological Museum of Oslo/Norwegian Entomological Society/Skogforsk
(text in Norwegian).

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