Friday, 15 June 2007

Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)

Adult Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (subspecies V. a. atlanta) at The Lizard, Cornwall - June 2011

OTHER NAMES: Silver-bordered Fritillary, Small Pearl Border Fritillaria
Length: ?
Wingspan: 35-44mm
UK Status: Near Threatened / IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

In my opinion, one of the most attractive butterfly species in the UK. Care should be taken so as not to confuse it with the (non small) pearl-bordered fritillary, or, for that matter, any other fritillary. It is apparently mostly confined to the South West, Wales, the Lake District and Scotland.

Related Species:
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Boloria
SUBSPECIES: None - monotypic

 - Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Scarce and local resident
 - Single individual seen on The Lizard

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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