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Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary  

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary  

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary

  • National Status: Mainly confined to western England and Wales, range contracting. Widespread and common in Scotland.Population trend 10 years +3%; since 1976 -58%.
  • West Midlands Status: Limited number of colonies with highest numbers in Shropshire, overall range contracting. Population trend 10 years – increasing although decline since 2011.
  • Hotspots: Wyre Forest, Cannock Chase in Staffordshire and South Shropshire Hills. Llanymynech, Cannock Chase, Wyre Forest.
  • Habitat: Found in a variety of habitats: coppice and ride-edges in ancient woodlands in Wyre; bracken and grass mosaics; and wet meadows and moorlands.
  • Flight Period: Late May to mid-July. Occasionally a second generation in early August, regularly in southern England, but none since 1995 in the West Midlands.
  • Wingspan Male 35–41 mm, female 38–44 mm.

Caterpillar Foodplant:The main foodplants are Common Dog-violet (Viola riviniana) and Marsh Violet (Viola palustris).

Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary life cycle

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The Charts show the distribution over the last 5 years - present on a few known sites
The Population Trend from Transect Records - considered stable
Phenology from Transect Records