Argynnis adippe (Denis & Schiffermuller, 1775) High Brown Fritillary, Feuriger Perlmutterfalter, Moyen nacre, Перламутровка адиппа, Ադիփփե
Distribution and biological peculiarities in Armenia: The species is native from Europe across mainland Asia to Japan. Armenia is inhabited by subspecies F. a. taurica (Staudinger, 1878), which predominantly occupies deciduous forests and woodlands at the elevations from 1000 to 2300 m a.s.l. The High Brown Fritillary uses various Viola spp as the host plants. It gives one generation per year, and the butterflies are on wing from mid June till mid August.
Population dynamics: The species is quite uncommon within typical habitat, demonstrating stable population trend in 2003-2013 (p>0.05). However, it shows lesser abundance in degraded forests and woodlands, which allows to suppose that the species is sensitive towards forests' conditions, and longer time span is required for better understanding its population trend.
Conservation measures: The species is not included in the Global and Armenia Red Lists, as well as in CITES and Bern Conventions. It was assessed for the European Red Book as Least Concern, and its national conservation status is suggested as the same. However it is important to continue the High Brown Fritillary's monitoring to track its population trend for a longer period. At current the species' distribution is partly covered by some protected areas, Emerald Sites, and Prime Butterfly Areas, and apart from monitoring there is no need for additional conservation actions.