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MARSH FRITILLARY CATERPILLARS ON THE MOVE

Observed: 3rd September 2009 By: foxyfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebratesfoxy’s reputation in Invertebrates
MARSH FRITILLARY CATERPILLARS ON THE MOVE TO NEW SCABIOUS PLANT
EARLY STAGE MARSH FRITILLARIES IN TENT
Description:

SMALL BLACK SPINY CATERPILLARS ON DEVILS BIT SCABIOUS ON THE MOVE TO A NEW FOODPLANT.SECOND PHOTO IS OF NEW TENT. CURRENTLY IN HIBERNACULUM.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Marsh Fritillary (Euphydryas aurinia) interacts

Comments

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Marsh Fritillary

Very jealous that you still have Marsh Fritillaries in your part of the world! They've declined enormously in England. How widespread are they in Ireland?

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Entomologist and biological recorder

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Marsh Fritillary

They are regarded as rare, on the bog I observed them they were common up till 2006 .I could find up to 15-20 tents and the butterflies regularly came to my garden,a cotoneaster shrub was a favourite basking site!.While I recognised them I didn"t know their rarity.This year I volunteered to do a butterfly transect, and my supervisor was doubtful of my observations but I never had a camera when I met one.I never met one on a transect.Three bad summers have taken a big toll I think.Sadly today I saw that this tent may have been inundated with floodwater after heavy rain last Sat-Tues.
I know of two other sites both discovered this year locally but numbers are small.

regards foxy

Foxy