Marsh Fritillary

Marsh Fritillary

Name: Marsh Fritillary

Scientific name: Euphydryas aurinia

Category: Minibeasts

Nature Stars: 80

What are nature stars?

About: A rare butterfly which is in decline - its numbers have dropped by almost 50% in the past 50 years.   The Marsh Fritillary likes damp or chalk grassland areas where it feeds on the Devil's-bit scabious plant.

How to identify: A medium size butterfly with a wingspan of 42 to 48mm. It is the brightest coloured fritillary butterfly with orange, yellow and brown markings.

Where: Found in some western areas of the UK.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 30
  • Rarity: 70
  • Cute factor: 50
  • Traveller: 10

Fantastic fact: In autumn the larvae spin large webs which they live in.

Photograph credit: Philip Precey

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