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Nymphalid Butterflies (Admirals and Fritillaries)

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Group: 
Butterflies

Large, brightly coloured butterflies. A group that contains many of our most familiar species and some rare ones too!

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Some Charts Distribution Map Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Monarch

Danaus plexippus
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A very rare immigrant species in Britain primarily from northern America although it also occurs in south western Europe and north Africa.


 

 

Photo by:
Peter Orchard

Duke of Burgundy Fritillary

Hamearis lucina
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A rare and declining species found at only one location in Dorset that has public access.


 

White Admiral

Limenitis camilla
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A woodland species found in mainly in ancient coppice locations.


 

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta
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A familiar garden butterfly, especially later in the year.


 

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui
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An immigrant species to this country from north Africa. In some years we get huge quantities of them and then we can go several years with relatively few. 


 

Small Tortoiseshell

Aglais urticae
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A familiar butterfly species but with very variable population levels year on year


 

Peacock

Inachis io
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A very common butterfly in Dorset and seen in grassy habitats including gardens, hedgerows, woodland rides and glades, as well as chalk downlands and cliffs.


 

 

Comma

Polygonia c-album
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A frequently encountered brightly coloured butterfly that favours open areas as well as woodland edges. 


 

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

Boloria selene
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A rare species now in Dorset found at onlly a couple of sites.


 

 

Dark Green Fritillary

Argynnis aglaia
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A large orange and brown butterfly of open grassland and downs. The underside of the wing is partly dark green.


 

 

Silver-washed Fritillary

Argynnis paphia
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A large butterfly with intricate markings. Essentially a butterfly of woodlands, especially areas of well established woodland, both deciduous and coniferous.


 

Marsh Fritillary

Eurodryas aurinia
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A nationally scare species; it likes damp, grassy downland sites so long as its food plant, devils-bit scabious occurs. On the wing in late May and throughout June