Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Soil Hill Fritillary

Does it make sense that I saw a Dark Green Fritillary on Soil Hill this lunchtime? It was flying in an area of mixed heather, rough grass and rushes and when settled did so with open wings. The only chance I got to take a photograph timewise, was offset by the dangerous terrain (if you overbalance here, you stand a good chance of being maimed). I've had a look at the other contenders and the habitat appears suitable only for this species. This stood out because the only others around were Red Admirals.

8 comments:

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Hi Nigel
I don't suppose it could have a been a Painted Lady(Vanessa cardui) you spotted could it ? The time is right as is it being in company with Red Admirals. Its late for Dark Green Fritillary and I don't think its ever been recorded in the area, Its seems to occur futher north and east on the North Yorks Moors etc. I have never been lucky enough to see this Fritillary yet,it does occur here on the Llyn but given the crap summer I did not go looking for it.

NigelK said...

This was not a Painted Lady, one of the few I am familiar with.

Paul Talbot..aka Moffman said...

Nigel how sure are you it was Dark Green Fritillary ? The reason I ask it that if you are pretty sure of yolur ID it might be worthwhile trying to get a couple of people from the local branch of Buttefly conservation to come up with you and try and find it again. If it is a Fritillary it will be a cracking record for the area.

AndyC said...

Its very late for DG Fritillary but there were two reports from Round Hill Huddersfield last year.Get up there with your camera.......................

AndyC said...

Was it the same size as the Red Admirals present.?

NigelK said...
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charly streets said...

Could it be a Comma - I've seen them in quite good nick at this time of year and they do like to bask (not that fritillaries don't?)

NigelK said...

Let me establish one thing. I am not sure it was DG Fritillary! I watched this creature for 5 mins, 1 of which was from a metre away with open wings. I noted the colouration and pattern and recall from my distant past that it was fritillary. It was smaller than Red Admiral. When I used the link on this blog, Butterfly Conservation, I fed the info in and it came up with the family. The only other one with a similar pattern and colour was the Pearl Bordered.