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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.

Dark butterfly well hidden in a bush

Comma. Photo: Malcolm Wemyss

Malcolm says:

I was incredibly lucky to see a bright butterfly just fluttering along our yew hedge in late afternoon of early October, a Comma. It then entered the hedge and walked around inside to settle down and roost for the night. At the approach of my mobile camera it extended its forewing – now the inverted butterfly perhaps appears as a bizarre face with the ‘c’ marking an eye and the gap between wings as open jaws . .