Tag Archives: Marsh Fritillary

View of two brown, orange and yellow butterflies resting on a green plant

Marsh Fritillaries. Photo: Shona Refoy

View of two pale brown and orange butterflies mating on a green plant

Small Heath. Photo: Shona Refoy

Two remarkable photos sent to us by Shona with the following commentary:

Still on Giant Hill on 15/05/2020, I saw my first ever mating pair of Small Heaths. I also saw this female Marsh Fritillary being pursued by two males – she kept fluttering and walking away from them. One in particular wouldn’t take no for an answer – he kept creeping up behind her and appearing to be sniffing the tip of her abdomen!  What a great butterfly day it was.

View of a bright mainly orange butterfly with yellow and black markings resting on a plant with green leaves

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Luc Mitchem

Giants Hill at Cerne Abbas seems to be the right place for butterflies at the moment. Luc has sent us this photo of 1 of the 2 Marsh Fritillaries he saw there on Sunday morning, 17/05/2020.  The Marsh Fritillary is rather slow-flying in comparison with other fritillaries, keeping low to the ground and most seldom fly more than 100 metres from where they emerged.

View of brown butterfly with orange and yellow markings nectaring on a yellow flower

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Caroline Stringer

View of a chocolate brown butterfly with cream markings resting on a green leaf

Speckled Wood. Photo: Caroline Stringer

Caroline has sent us these photos of a Marsh Fritillary and a Speckled Wood, both of which were taken at Lydlinch on 16/05/2020. Caroline also told us that there were a lot of Marsh Fritillaries about and that it was a good afternoon for butterflies.

Orange, brown and cream butterfly with abdomen curled round under a leaf, laying eggs

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Dave Law

Well done to Dave for getting such a crisp shot of a female Marsh Fritillary laying eggs! Taken at Lyndlinch Common on the Butterfly Walk led by Colin Burningham on 27/05/2019, which had a good turnout. Dave says the butterflies were flying well when it wasn’t cloudy, and he saw a mating pair as well as this egg-laying female.

Two colourful orange, yellow and brown butterlfies in mating position on a flower

Marsh Fritillaries. Photo: Chris Rowland

This mating pair were caught at Lyndlinch Common, in North Dorset, one of our best sites for the Marsh Fritillary, on 18/05/2019. It looks like the female is the one in the top of the picture: her body is broader, and females are often paler and slightly larger than males.