Maire sent us this photo of a pair of Silver-washed Fritillaries which she spotted in Home Farm woods at Langton Matravers on 17/07/18.
The swooping flight of this large and graceful butterfly is one of the most beautiful sights to be found in woodland during high summer. A large fast flying butterfly, separated from other fritillaries by its pointed wings and silver streaks on the undersides which can be viewed as it stops to feed on flowers such as Bramble, as shown in Maire’s photo.
Females are slightly paler and larger than males as can be seen above.
A welcome remind of hot summer days!