Marsh Fritillaries. Photo: Shona Refoy
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.
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.
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Caroline Stringer
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.
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.
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.
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Mark Pike
Mark reports that he had a few hours at Compton Down (North Dorset) and found it “awash with butterflies” including this Marsh Fritillary: a “nice dark coloured specimen”.
Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Shona Refoy
The season is progressing: the Marsh Fritillaries are out! This is a shot of the first one Shona has ever seen: let’s hope we can help them flourish, so she can see lots more. Giant Hill, Cerne Abbas, 13/05/2019
Marsh Fritillary (behind) and Brown Argus. Photo: John Woodruf
This is not a combination of butterflies you find very often: John did very well to capture them both in the same shot. Taken at Hod Hill on 11/05/2019.
Kathy Henderson has been keeping a watchful eye on some of the Marsh Fritillary larval webson the Butterfly Conservation Reserve at Alners Gorse
Dave Law went looking for some Marsh Fritillary nests – and found them! Continue reading