Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary (Boloria selene)

Cheshire local information

When to see: June

Where to see: Damp grassland

Behaviour: Patrol

Wingspan: 35-44mm

Caterpillar food plant: Marsh Violet (Viola palustris)

Cheshire status: Nowadays a very scarce resident with recent losses meaning that it now only breeds at one site in the county. Single-brooded flying from early June to mid-July. Habitat in Cheshire is now confined to a moist area of rough sheltered grassland where Marsh Violet (Viola palustris), which is the favoured foodplant of its caterpillar, occurs.

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary