In the project area different populations of the Marsh Fritillary appear either in the “Rote Moor” or on Nardus grasslands in the Rhön. On those sites it depends on its feed plant Succisa pratensis (Devil´s bit Scabious). In the past it was wildly spread, but today only few populations are known.
The LIFE project aims to improve and create habitats of the Marsh Fritillary to establish and stabilise new metapopulations.
Wingspan 35-38 mm
Description: upside with brownish yellow with dark spots, markings differ between diffrent individuals, second-last row of hindwing with black points
underside is lighter than upside with less contrast
Habitat: From moist meadows, marshes and bogs to dry grasslands
Caterpillar: black with lines of white spots, reddish-brown legs
Pupa: Green-white with black and orange markings, only a small part of chrysalis connected to plant
Threats: Draining, Use of Fertilizers, Intensification of use in moist areas
Measures: C.7 Enlargement and optimisation of habitats to create a stable metapopulation of the Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)
Marsh Fritillary - picture: Benno von Blanckenhagen