The Cardinal - Argynnis pandora - Pandora

Cardinal – Argynnis pandora – Pandora

  • Family: Nymphalidae
  • Scientific name: Argynnis pandora (Pandoriana pandora )
  • English common name: Cardinal
  • Spanish common name: Pandora
  • Portuguese common name: Pandora
The Cardinal - Argynnis pandora - Pandora

The Cardinal – Argynnis pandora – Pandora is a large butterfly with soft orange upperwings marked with black spots/ lines and with a green flush. The forewing on the under side are smudged green at the tip with the rest a strong salmon and black pattern, the hind wing is pale green with silver stripes.

This butterfly is often found in flower rich meadows next to woodlands.

The Cardinal - Argynnis pandora - Pandora

The caterpillars of this species are up to 4cm with a basic black colour to the body bearing tiny orange spots, they are covered in rows of black/brown spiny looking hairs.

  • Wing size: 64-80mm
  • Altitude: 500-1500m
  • Flight time: May-July also August-early October in warmer zones
  • Over-wintering: Caterpillar
  • Caterpillar food plant: Viola
  • Distribution: Southern Europe, Mediterranean.
The Cardinal - Argynnis pandora - Pandora

Similar species: Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia), which lacks the green flush on the upper wings.

Photos by Sue Eatock.

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