Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (67)
|As we have had, and continue to have for the next few days, dull dark weather, I am posting an image taken in the early summer.|
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, Boloria selene
Swedish name: Brunfläckig pärlemorfjäril, meaning, 'brown-spotted fritillary'. In Swedish all fritiilary butterflies are known as 'pärlemorfjäril', meaning 'mother-of-pearl butterfly'
This is a common species of fritillary to be found in flowery meadows in most of Europe up to the arctic tundra.
Notice that it stands on four legs, instead of six that all insects have. The front pair are held up and modified to function as hairy palps. All Nymphalid and Satyrid butterflies walk on four legs with the front legs used as palps, which is why they are called 'brush-footed butterflies'.
The large dark brown spot in the centre of the underside of the hind wing, as shown here, distinguishes this species from other species of fritillaries.
Like other fritillaries, the larval host plants are species of Viola.
It flies in June and July
This shot was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters using a cheap tripod in cloudy conditions. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.