Monday, 16 April 2012

Pearl-bordered Fritillary emerges

Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria euphrosyne, male
Today I visited Mill Hill to complete my butterfly transect. Although it was sunny, due to the cold wind there were no butterflies seen. As it warmed up a few Grizzled Skippers appeared, plus a Green-veined White and a Peacock. I also spotted two black adders and a grey one.

Then I met Mark Colvin at Rewell Wood and we hunted for Pearl-bordered Fritillaries. I thought it was too cold in spite of sunny spells, but then Mark said "there's one" and I looked where he was pointing and saw it too. It was thrilling to see the orange fluttering beauty for the first time this year. It obliged by landing on a log, and we photographed this pristine, freshly emerged male. During a subsequent sunny spell it opened its wings and flew off. We were fortunate to have this single specimen fly across our path.
Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria euphrosyne, male 
Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria euphrosyne, male
Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria euphrosyne, male
Adder, Vipera berus
Adder, Vipera berus
Green-veined White, Pieris napi
Grizzled Skipper, Pyrgus malvae

There were a lot of these flies on leaves and flowers in the wood.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Colin. Stunning photos of the Pearl Bordered Fritillary! It's good to know that they are starting to emerge. I'm looking forward to taking a trip to Rewell Wood to see them soon. Thank-you for posting the camera settings you used for your earlier Orange Tip photos. It was really interesting to see the different effects you were able to achieve and has inspired me try using the ' standard settings' a little bit less!


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