View of a Dark Green Fritillary showing the under hindwing markings

Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Paul Swann

Paul sent us this photo of a Dark Green Fritillary which he saw at Badbury Rings in late June 2018.

The Dark Green Fritillary is the most widespread fritillary found in the British Isles and is a pleasure to see as 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.

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