Saturday, December 12, 2015

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

This Pearl-bordered Fritillary was photographed back in May this year. They are found in isolated colonies in recently coppiced or felled areas of woodland. Once considered common and widespread, the Pearl-bordered Fritillary is now one of our most-threatened species. The cessation of coppicing which resulted in the loss of suitable habitat is believed to be one of the major causes of this drastic decline. It is the earliest of our fritillaries to emerge.

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