Introduction to Fritillary Butterflies
The Fritillary butterflies of the Nymphalidae sub family Heliconiinae are shown in the galleries below.
In the British Isles there are 8 species of resident Fritillary butterfly. Several of these species are in severe decline due predominately it seems to change in agricultural practices and loss of habitat.
Some Fritillary species are particularly strong fliers and have migratory tendencies. Such a species is The Queen Of Spain Fritillary which has been recorded in the south of England as a migrant from mainland Europe in small numbers and may attempt colonisation in the near future.
In Europe there are over 40 species of Fritillary butterfly, several of which are difficult to identify in the field. It would not be surprising if further studies split some sub species or forms into seperate species.
Queen of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia)
The Queen of Spain Fritillary butterfly is a scarce migrant to the British Isles. The butterfly is a strong flyer and common in France as well as much of Europe so may colonise parts of southern England should the climate continue to warm.
The butterfly featured was recorded by Paul Browning in Teruel, Spain.
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria-selene)
Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria euphrosyne)
High Brown Fritillary (Argynnis adippe)
Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)
Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)
Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia)
Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia)
Heath Fritillary (Melitaea athalia)
Other butterfly galleries:
- Skipper butterflies (Hesperiidae)
- Swallowtail butterflies (Papilionidae)
- White and yellow butterflies (Pieridae)
- Hairstreak butterflies (Theclinae)
- Copper butterflies (Lycaeninae)
- Blue butterflies (Polyommatinae) and Metalmark butterflies (Riodinidae)
- Vanessid butterflies (Nymphalinae) and Admiral butterflies (Limenitidinae) and Emperor butterflies (Apaturinae)
- Fritillary butterflies (Heliconiinae) – this page
- Brown butterflies (Satyrinae)