This time of year the Cornish coastline is looking its best. Rugged cliffs and blue seas providing as stunning backdrop to a rich diversity of colouful plants. Not surprisingly these plants support a wide diversity of common and rare insects.
This pair of Marsh Fritillary butterflies were our first of the year on a coastal site at Predannack on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall.
Numbers fluctuate wildly here from year to year. On this occasion numbers of Marsh Fritillaries were low, 5 or 6, but with a fresh breeze coming in off the Atlantic it could have been many were staying put, tucked away out of sight in the grasses and Devil’s-bit Scabious.
More information on the Marsh Fritillary can be seen on the Marsh Fritillary page.
Other butterflies are featured in the Butterfly Gallery and species pages.