view of a Dark Green Fritillary nectaribng on a thistle showing uppersides of fore and -hind-wings

Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Alison Copland

This Dark Green Fritillary was photographed at Ballard Down by Alison on 21/06/18.

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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