Friday, 17 July 2020

Titterstone Clee - Dark Green Fritillary

With Marbled White finally on the Shropshire list, a drive up to Titterstone Clee summit paid dividends today. Dark Green Fritillary finally on the county list! I was primarily looking for insects and knew there was a chance of an encounter with these? A smart male to start off...

An then the somewhat 'washed out colours' of a female!

There's enough detail in the upperwing (no indented third spot on the forewing) to eliminate High Brown but eventually I got a closed wing flash from two perched on the same thistle!

Finally and this is quite early in their flight period, a cracked really fresh male!

Utter indulgence as reasonable views gave way to frame fillers!

What a week for Butterflies!