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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.


Marsh Fritillary adult and eggs at Lydlinch


Group of light brown eggs on the underside of a leaf

Marsh Fritillary Eggs. Photo: Dave Law

Marsh Fritillary with open wings

Marsh Fritillary butterfly. Photo: Dave Law

Dave says: “Season starting to wind down now for the Marsh Frits with just a few seen, although this girl seemed quite fresh and egg laden. Also next year’s generation is on the way with this egg batch on the devils bit scabious”.

Thanks to Dave for this reminder that butterflies exist in more than their adult forms. How about you brilliant photographers sending us a few more photos of caterpillars and chrysalises?

Marsh Fritillaries Lydlinch

Two Marsh Fritillaries, each on a different orchid flower

Marsh Fritillaries. Photo: Charles Williams

Charles says: “Lydlinch common has an abundance of orchids at the moment and the Marsh Fritillaries are obviously happy to take a well earned rest on these beautiful plants. Photo taken on 4th June late afternoon.”

Lydlinch Common is in North Dorset, and together with other local sites hosts a very important number of this declining butterfly. Since 1976 we have seen a 79% decline in its occurence nationally.

Marsh Fritillaries mating at Lydlinch

Two Marsh Fritillaries mating while holding onto a twig

Marsh Fritillaries. Photo: Dave Law

Dave suggests the Marsh Fritillaries at Lydlinch Common (North Dorset) are increasing: “After a few days of overcast weather, the Marsh Fritillary at Lydlinch were still going strong , with this pair looking extremely fresh despite being on the wing for nearly two weeks now . Good to see strong numbers afters a few tough years.”

Duke of Burgundy and Marsh Fritillary Cerne

Fresh-looking Marsh Fritillary with open wings

Marsh Fritillary. Photo: Brian Arnold.

An unusually light Duke of Burgundy butterfly

Duke of Burgundy. Photo: Brian Arnold

The second photo above might be the same butterfly as the one taken by Mark Pike a little further down this page, but we thought it worth showing it to agree with Brian’s point that it could be confused with the Marsh Fritillary at a glance. Both photos taken at Cerne Giant Hill on 30 May.