Tag Archives: Marsh Fritillary

A golden brown butterfly together with a dark brown slug on a yellow flower

Large Skipper and Slug. Photo: Shona Refoy

An orange butterfly with black and yellow markings on a yellow flower

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Shona Refoy

Two photos from Shona sent in telling us:

I went to Badbury Rings early this morning, 07/06/2024) to see some butterflies before it clouded over yet again.  I hadn’t seen a Large Skipper sharing a Dandelion with a slug before but both seemed quite happy!  Another first for me at Badbury Rings was this Marsh Fritillary – it was not as surprising as the one I saw on Ballard Down though, as Marsh Fritillaries have recently been seen on the Bishops Court transect on the nearby Kingston Lacy estate.

An orange butterfly with black and yellow markings on green leaves

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Mike Kirby

An orange and white butterfly with black markings on green vegetation

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Mike Kirby

Mike sent in these two photos he took recently telling us:

The Marsh Fritillaries have been showing well at Lydlinch Common – with the added bonus of singing Nightingales!

An orange butterfly with black and yellow markings

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike

An orange butterfly with black and yellow markings on a blue flower

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike

Mark sent us these two photos of Marsh Fritillaries he saw at Lydlynch Common yesterday, 15/05/2024 – this does seem to be the place to go to see this species at the moment.

Orange butterfly with detailed markings in cream and brown

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Sarah Corbett

Sarah said she was hoping this was the first sighting of a Marsh Fritillary for this year, and it was, indeed, the first one reported to us (on 11 May). As she says “What gorgeous butterflies they are!”

An orange, yellow, black and white butterfly on green vegetation

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Sam Ellis

Sam sent in this photo telling us:

Just sharing this photo of one of eleven Marsh Fritillaries I saw today, 24/05/2023 at Lankham Bottom in a 15-min Count. I actually saw several more after I finished the count! So good numbers considering the season. All seemed fairly fresh. They were all recorded on the north-west facing slope in the gully at the southern end of the site. I didn’t see any on the south-facing slope at the northern end where you also usually see them.