Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Insects

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.

Share this page

Did you know?...

There are lots of ways that you can get involved!



What's going on?

News

07
dec

Back from the brink film

Eleanor Ryder, placement student at Fenn's Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses produced a short film as part of her final year project.

05
dec

Drone footage of cleared scrapyard

The clearance of the old Furber's Scrapyard site is now complete. Watch the drone footage below.

Get involved

Events