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View of a resting orange butterfly with black and creamy white markings

Glanville Fritillary. Photo: Sue East

View of a resting orange butterfly with black markings and white fringe to the wings

Glanville Fritillary. Photo: John East

The Granville Fritillary is a butterfly we have been hoping to see for many years and the opportunity to try and see one close to home in Dorset was just too great to resist so this morning, 08/06/2021 we headed to Compton Down full of hope but not with high expectations.  We spoke to some National Trust staff in the parking area who seemed unaware of the recent sightings of Glanvilles but one of them recalled the 2010 release of them there.

We headed off down the track from the car park and soon found a Speckled Wood and were thrilled to see so many wonderful wild flowers including orchids in the old quarry area.  On the way down the track we saw good numbers of Common Blues and Brimstones and then further down we spotted what we had come for – a Glanville Fritillary flying low along the track.  It very obligingly waited for us to catch up with it to take some photos and then continued down the track before settling again and giving us time to catch up with it and take more photos. This happened several times but eventually it gave up the game and flew off leaving us with great memories of really beautiful butterfly.

View of an orange butterfly with black markings and white fringe to the wings nectaring on a yellow flower

Glanville Fritillary. Photo: Paul Swann

View of a creamy white butterfly with browny orange and black markings resting on a green plant stem

Glanville Fritillary. Photo: Paul Swann

Following the recent news item on our website about Glanville Fritillaries, Paul went in search of them and was well rewarded as these photos and his comments below show:

Whatever their origin and despite the dearth of sunshine delighted to see my first UK Glanvilles at Compton Down on 03/06/2021.  It was quite cool but they were pretty active and easy to find with several seen on the steep grassy banks beside the bridleway and on the path – approx. 8 of them seen.