We have 8 resident species of Fritillaries occuring in Britain, with the majority occuring in and around woodlands.

 

 

The silver streaking on the underside of the hindwing gives the Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly it's name. This butterfly is expanding it's range back into the woods of eastern and centeral England where is use to be common up to the late 1950's.

Above a male Silver-washed Fritillary feeding on Knapweed flower in King's Wood, Beds. This is Britain's largest Fritillary butterfly and is fairly common in many of England's southern woodlands. Below a female photographed in Chicksands wood in late July 2010.

Above the rare ab.ocellata form of the Silver-washed Fritillary.

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Above Male Dark Green Fritillaries nectaring on the Chiltern Hills, Bedfordshire.

Paired Dark Green Fritillaries. Bedfordshire. July 2009.

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Above High Brown Fritillary males nectaring on Bramble. Although formally widespread in England's woodlands, this species has now died out from most of it's former localities.

High Brown Fritillary underside.

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Pearl-bordered Fritillary male nectaring. This is a declining species, mostly to be encountered in woodland clearings and rides from late April to early June.

The silvery pearl markings gives the Pearl-bordered Fritillary it's name.

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The Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary occurs in a wide rage of habitats from woodlands to moorlands, and is far more widespread than the Pearl-bordered Fritillary.

A Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary on Bugle flower. This butterfly is on the wing from late May to early July, with a partial 2nd brood in August in warm summers.

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The Heath Fritillary (above) is very restricted in it's distribution but may be plentiful where it occurs.

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A male Glanville Fritillary nectaring on Bugle. This species is common on the Isle of Wight, along the southern under cliffs.

Paired Glanville Fritillary butterflies.

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Male and female Marsh Fritillary, one of Britain's rarer butterflies, but it can occur in good numbers. I found them very plentiful on Islay, Inner Hebrides, a few years ago.

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Although not a resident species, the Queen of Spain Fritillary does turn up in Britain every few years, and managed to become established at Minsmere, Suffolk, for a few years back in the 1990's.

 

All pictures are Copyright of Richard Revels FRPS