Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

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Description

Medium-sized orange butterfly with black markings and silvery patches on the underside.

This fritillary is similar in size and habitats to the Pearl-bordered Fritillary, but is more widespread and occurs in damper, grassy habitats as well as woodland clearings and moorland.

The adults fly close to the ground, stopping frequently to take nectar from flowers such as bramble and thistles. It can be identified from the more numerous whitish pearls on the underside hind wings, the outer ones bordered by black chevrons and from the larger black central dot.

The butterfly remains widespread and locally abundant in Scotland and Wales, but has undergone a severe decline in England.

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary.  Photograph by Tom Marshall.

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