view of a Marsh Fritillary with wings fully open

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Dave Law

Dave found this freshly emerged Marsh Fritillary at Cerne Abbas on 15/05/18. It has one brood and is generally seen in the UK May- July.

It is probably the most variable of all the European fritillaries in respect to size and ground colour of the upper sides of fore and hind-wings.

It has adapted to a wide variety of habitats in Europe but in the UK it is mostly found in grassy, flowery places which hosts the caterpillar  foodplant, devils bit scabious.

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