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Dark Green Fritillary near Spyway Barn

Two butterflies mating, partly hidden in the greenery

Dark Green Fritillaries. Photo: Mary Dorey

Mary caught these Dark Green Fritillaries between Seacombe and Worth Matravers on 05/07/2017, noting that she actually saw three.

If you are unsure if a fritillary is a Dark Green or a Silver-washed, one thing to note is the habitat: these were seen in an area of fairly open countryside. Silver-washed are woodland butterflies.

Dark Green Fritillary at Badbury Rings

Underwing shot of a Dark Green Fritillary

Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike

View of butterfly with open wings

Dark Green Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark says: “Despite cloudy and cool conditions, A magnificent fresh Dark Green Fritillary seen today (30/05/17) at Badbury Rings, Dorset. Even if not the first for 2017 it is the first time for me that I have ever seen one in May!”

The Dark Green is quite a small Fritillary compared to the other one you are more likely to see, the Silver-Washed Fritillary: only 65mm wingspan as compared to 75mm.


Dark Green Fritillary (female). Photo: Dave Law

Dark Green Fritillary (female). Photo: Dave Law

This almost immaculate female Dark Green Fritillary was found at Melbury Down by Dave Law. He believes and we agree with him that the butterfly had only just emerged hours before. Dave adds that after sunning itself for a few moments, it flew off very clumsily before being chased by several males, disappearing shortly after. Photo taken on 13/07/2016.


Dark Green Fritillaries – Powerstock

Dark Green Fritillaries

Dark Green Fritillary – mating pair. Photo: James Bradbury

A pair of Dark Green Fritillary butterflies mating at Powerstock Common on 05/07/2015, a species that is not commonly seen at the site but their superb camouflage against the grass in this shot, makes it easier to see how they can be overlooked!

A Dark Green Fritillary summer?

Dark Green Fritillary - Mating Pair
Dark Green Fritillary – Mating Pair. Photo: Iain H Leach

Dorset’s first Dark Green Fritillary of 2015 was recorded 06/06/2015 and since then we’ve had a fantastic number of sightings of this marvellous and quite impressive butterfly sent to us. Continue reading