Fritillaries (2)

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The name fritillary is also used to describe a group of butterflies, which are readily recognised by the beautiful chequered orange and black patterns on their wings. Eight species are native to the British Isles and others have been recorded as rare visitors. The best place to see fritillaries in the North of England is at nature reserves on the limestone of southern Cumbria such as Arnside Knott and Gait Barrows.

The small pearl bordered fritillary (top) and the dark green fritillary, both photographed in south Cumbria at the Gait Barrow and Arnside Knott reserves.

David Green

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