British Wildlife 09.4 April 1998

Identification – Fritillary Butterflies

Britain has eight resident species of fritillary, all of them with orange-brown wings and black markings which make them difficult to separate without a close look. Sadly, nearly all species are either rare or declining and their correct identification is thus of utmost importance to conservation. However, each species has some small but clear distinguishing features that can be learnt with a little practice.

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