Marsh Fritillaries in Lincolnshire

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Stunning Marsh Fritillary

Euphydryas aurinia


The second part of my 2017 quest to see new butterflies took me north.  The species I wanted to see was Marsh Fritillary.  This butterfly has a rapidly declining population with colonies in the south and west of the country.  However there is a re-introduced colony at Chambers Farm Wood near Wragby Lincolnshire.


Beautiful underwing



So on the 23rd of May I headed across the Fens and then up to Lincoln.  Weather conditions were warm and mostly sunny, perfect conditions.


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Male Marsh Fritillary


I met another enthusiast in the car park and we walked to the area in the woods where the frits can be found.  This is little scrubb’s meadow.  Boggy underfoot with a profusion of plants and especially devil’s-bit scabious, the food plant of the caterpillars.



It was obvious we were onto something special as everywhere you looked fritillaries could be seen, possibly well over a hundred.  The males darting here and there chasing likely mates, females heavy with eggs hardly able to fly and by mid-day the activity quietened down.  Several mating couples were then observed.



This is a day that will stick in the memory for a long time, such beautiful butterflies, let’s hope the populations grow again now conservation work is being carried out.

Making new Marsh Fritillaries
Marsh Fritillary


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