view of a Dark Green Fritillary basking with wings open showing full pattern of upper fore-wings

Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Mel Bray

view of Dark Green Fritillary with wings half open showing pattern of under hind-wing

Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Mel Bray

Mel found the first Dark Green Fritillaries recorded in Dorset this year at Badbury Rings on 6/06/18.  He tells us:

I was up at Badbury Rings today and this fresh looking Dark Green Fritillary glowed out at me from amid the foliage. It was sunning itself and stayed still long enough for me to grab a couple of shots

What an apt description, it certainly does glow and it’s always exciting when you spot a species for the first time each year.It flies powerfully over its grassland habitats, frequently stopping to nectar on Thistles and Knapweed. It gets its name from the green hue found on the underside of the hindwings, which are peppered with large silver spots. This butterfly can be found throughout the British Isles, although it is less common in central and eastern England.

The Flight period for this species is early June- late August in one brood.

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