Marsh Fritillary caterpillars are on the move!

Marsh Fritillary Caterpillars. Photo:Dave Law

Dave Law went looking for some Marsh Fritillary nests – and found them!

Dave tells us:

Although still very early in February  and very mild (10 degrees but more at ground level),  I thought I would take a chance and have a look at the downs near Melbury Abbas for Marsh Fritillary nests. This nest was one of 3 I found all with 75+ larvae in each. Spring isn’t far away now .

We should see the butterflies on the wing by May – here’s a photo of one, just to remind you what they look like and convince you that the countryside really will look like this again.

Two butterfies with complex orange, yellow and brown markings.

Marsh Fritillaries on orchids. Photo: Charles Williams.

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