Tag Archives: Marsh Fritillary

view of a Marsh Fritillary  nectaring on  a blue flower

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Wren Franklin

view of Marsh fritillary nectaring  and showing underwings and abdomen

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Wren Franklin

Wren photographed this Marsh Fritillary at Ryewater Nursery, Sherborne on 22/05/18 and says he saw a further four while walking his transect later in the day. These photos were taken at dawn which is why Wren was able to capture the beauty of dewdrops on the antennae.

Hopefully this year will be a better year for Marsh Fritillary, one of our declining species. A number have been reported not only in Dorset, but elsewhere in the UK. Loss of habitat is a major factor in their decline, though Butterfly Conservation  and their volunteers carry out a great deal of habitat management to enable this stunning butterfly to survive.

The flight period is May – July in one brood, and the caterpillar foodplant is Devils-bit Scabious, and sometimes honeysuckle.

view of a Marsh Fritillary with wings fully open

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Dave Law

Dave found this freshly emerged Marsh Fritillary at Cerne Abbas on 15/05/18. It has one brood and is generally seen in the UK May- July.

It is probably the most variable of all the European fritillaries in respect to size and ground colour of the upper sides of fore and hind-wings.

It has adapted to a wide variety of habitats in Europe but in the UK it is mostly found in grassy, flowery places which hosts the caterpillar  foodplant, devils bit scabious.

Marsh Fritillary on Compton Down

View of a fresh Marsh Fritiallary from the top

Marsh Fritiallry. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark says:  Thought you might like these couple of pics of a superbly fresh Marsh Fritillary taken today (10/05/17) on Compton Down. Had me running up and down the darned hillside for a few hours but eventually nailed the blighter!


Marsh Fritillary on a finger at Lydlinch

Small butterfly on a person's finger

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Tim Field

A lovely shot from Tim, which gives a good idea of the butterfly’s size. It’s easy to assume all butterflies are the size of Red Admirals, but many are smaller. Tim found this friendly specimen at Lydlinch Common on 10 June.