Fritillaries and Wood Whites

Whilst I’ve spent almost every night of the last 3 weeks working with the European Nightjars which have recently arrived and are in the process of selecting territories and finding partners, I’ve spent some of my daylight hours in pursuit of butterflies. Firstly was the Wood White, a butterfly I always make the effort to see each year locally in the Forest of Dean. Next up was one of the more distinctively marked of the fritillaries – the Marsh Fritillary, photographed in a Stroud valley. Finally, and most recently, the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary, which I photographed today in its first day or two of existence in the form of an adult butterfly. These images are all now in the gallery.