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Bentley Wood, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Heliconiinae
Species : Boloria selene

This is a very widely distributed species although not particularly common. Found in small colonies throughout most of northern and central Europe, Russia, parts of Central Asia, Japan, Korea, and North America. Because of this wide distribution it has several different common names including Silver-bordered Fritillary, Astro Fritillary, Myrina Fritillary, Silver-Borded Fritillary, and Silver Meadow Fritillary. It is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 35-44mm, the female being larger than the male. Both sexes are avid nectar feeders, and can be seen on the flowers of Ajuga reptans, Hyacinthoides non-scriptus, Lotus corniculatus, Ranunculus spp., Euphorbia amygdaloides, Lychnis flos-cuculi and others.
Found in various habitats including open areas within deciduous woodland, marshes, fens, moorland, and sometimes near sea cliffs. Common at all sites are damp areas where the foodplants are able to grow vigorously. Eggs are laid singly on or near the foodplant and the larvae hibernate over winter and re-emerge in the Spring. The primary larval foodplants are Viola sp.

All my insect pics are single shot and handheld, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Boloria selene Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Heliconiinae wildlife Hampshire Bentley Wood live insects UK

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Bentley Wood, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Sub-Family : Heliconiinae
Species : Boloria euphrosyne

This is a very widely distributed species that is found throughout most of Europe, extending through Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, Russia, parts of Central Asia, to China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 40-47mm, the female being marginally larger than the male. It is one of the first fritillaries to appear in Spring, flying between late April and early July. Adults feed on Ajuga reptans, Hyacinthoides non-scriptus, Lotus corniculatus, Ranunculus spp., Euphorbia amygdaloides, Lychnis flos-cuculi and various other plant species.
It is found in various habitats including open areas within deciduous woodland, marshes, flowery alpine meadows, and sometimes in conifer plantations. Common at all sites are damp areas where the foodplants are able to grow vigorously. Eggs are usually laid singly on the underside of a leaf on the foodplant. The larva hibernates in its 4th instar and emerges the following Spring to continue feeding and complete its lifecycle. The primary larval foodplants are Viola sp..

All my insect pics are single shot and handheld, usually in the wild.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Boloria euphrosyne Pearl-bordered Fritillary Frühlings-Perlmuttfalter Pursuhopeatäplä Perlada rojiza Grand collier argenté Heliconiinae wildlife Hampshire Bentley Wood live insects UK

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Bentley Wood, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Heliconiinae
Species : Boloria selene

This is a widely distributed species although not particularly common. Found in small colonies throughout most of northern and central Europe, Russia, parts of Central Asia, Mongolia, Korea, Japan, and North America. Because of this wide distribution it has several different common names including Silver-bordered Fritillary, Astro Fritillary, Myrina Fritillary, Silver-Borded Fritillary, and Silver Meadow Fritillary. It is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 35-44mm, the female being larger than the male. Both sexes are avid nectar feeders, and can be seen on the flowers of Ajuga reptans, Hyacinthoides non-scriptus, Lotus corniculatus, Ranunculus spp., Euphorbia amygdaloides, Lychnis flos-cuculi and others.
It is found in various habitats including open areas within deciduous woodland, marshes, fens, moorland, and sometimes near sea cliffs. Common at all sites are damp areas where the foodplants are able to grow vigorously. Eggs are laid singly on or near the foodplant and the larvae hibernate over winter and re-emerge in the Spring. The primary larval foodplants are Viola sp. and in the UK specifically Common Dog-violet (Viola riviniana) and Marsh Violet (Viola palustris).
In the first comment box I have put a pic of the underside of this species. Just click on it to see the large version.

All my insect pics are single, handheld shots of live insects.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Boloria selene Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Heliconiinae wildlife Hampshire Bentley Wood live insects UK

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Bentley Wood, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Heliconiinae
Species : Boloria euphrosyne

This has to be one of my most memorable shots from last year where I inadvertently captured one of natures magical moments. If you look very closely you can see that this butterfly is in the process of laying an egg and appears to be either holding it or guiding it with one of her back legs. I knew she was flying around looking for places to lay her eggs but I didn't dream that I would actually catch her in the act. I have seen butterflies laying eggs before but have never captured the actual moment on camera.

Like its slightly smaller cousin, the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, this is a very widely distributed species and is found throughout most of Europe, extending through Turkey, Iran, the Caucasus, Russia, parts of Central Asia, to China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 40-47mm, the female being larger than the male. It is one of the first fritillaries to appear in Spring, flying between late April and early July. Adults feed on the same plants as their smaller cousin, namely Ajuga reptans, Hyacinthoides non-scriptus, Lotus corniculatus, Ranunculus spp., Euphorbia amygdaloides, Lychnis flos-cuculi amongst others.
Found in various habitats including open areas within deciduous woodland, marshes, flowery alpine meadows, and sometimes in conifer plantations. Common at all sites are damp areas where the foodplants are able to grow vigorously. Eggs are usually laid singly on the underside of a leaf on the foodplant. The larva hibernates in its 4th instar and emerges the following Spring to continue feeding and complete its lifecycle. The primary larval foodplants are Viola sp. .

All my insect pics are single, handheld shots of live insects.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Boloria euphrosyne Pearl-bordered Fritillary Heliconiinae wildlife Hampshire live insects UK

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Bentley Wood, Hampshire, U.K.

Family : Nymphalidae
Subfamily : Heliconiinae
Species : Boloria selene

This is a very widely distributed species although not particularly common. Found in small colonies throughout most of northern and central Europe, Russia, parts of Central Asia, Japan, Korea, and North America. Because of this wide distribution it has several different common names including Silver-bordered Fritillary, Astro Fritillary, Myrina Fritillary, Silver-Borded Fritillary, and Silver Meadow Fritillary. It is a medium sized butterfly with a wingspan of 35-44mm, the female being larger than the male. Both sexes are avid nectar feeders, and can be seen on the flowers of Ajuga reptans, Hyacinthoides non-scriptus, Lotus corniculatus, Ranunculus spp., Euphorbia amygdaloides, Lychnis flos-cuculi and others.
Found in various habitats including open areas within deciduous woodland, marshes, fens, moorland, and sometimes near sea cliffs. Common at all sites are damp areas where the foodplants are able to grow vigorously. Eggs are laid singly on or near the foodplant and the larvae hibernate over winter and re-emerge in the Spring. The primary larval foodplants are Viola sp. .


All my insect pics are single, handheld shots of live insects.

Tags:   butterfly butterflies mariposa papillon farfalla Schmetterling бабочка Con bướm ผีเสื้อ animal outdoor insects insect Lepidoptera macro nature Nymphalidae Boloria selene Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Astro Fritillary Myrina Fritillary Silver Meadow Fritillary Silver-bordered Fritillary Heliconiinae wildlife Hampshire live insects UK


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