Marsh Fritillary: a bit of a devil around scabious | Nature Notes from Dorset

The beautifully marked marsh fritillary (Eurodryas aurinia) is a nationally scarce species found mainly in southern Britain and Dorset has a small number of sites where it can still be seen. Although the 'marsh' fritillary it is not generally found in marshes, well not in Dorset at least, but usually in rough, damp grassland where its larval food plant, devil's-bit scabious, can be found.
It is not a strong flyer and tends to stay together in small colonies which is one of the reasons for its decline, along with draining and improvement of grassland for agricultural purposes. It can be seen here from late April through until the end of May.

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