High Jinks with the High Brown Fritillary

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Take a wander along the sunlit bracken slopes of the Heddon Valley and you’ll see a cornucopia of butterflies; Meadow Browns, Common Blues, Large Skippers and lots of Fritillaries! Amongst those fritillaries is the UK’s most endangered butterfly, the High Brown Fritillary, and the bracken slopes in the Heddon Valley are one of the best sites for this gorgeous butterfly.

Dark Green Fritillary Dark Green Fritillary

Silver Washed Fritillary Silver Washed Fritillary

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Courting High Browns. Photo courtesy of fellow ranger Zoe Caals Courting High Browns. Photo courtesy of fellow ranger Zoe Caals

The High Brown Fritillary is a fussy butterfly, it needs just the right amount of bracken litter in order to thrive. The adult butterfly lays the eggs on the bracken litter where they spend the winter snug and toasty, incubated by the dead bracken. In the spring the larvae hatches and commences feeding on its food plant, the Common Dog Violet. The bracken litter needs to be dense enough in order to keep the…

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One Response to High Jinks with the High Brown Fritillary

  1. Mrs Pat Granados says:

    For the attention of Jenny Plackett.We photographed a brown fritillary at Rosemoor gardens on Saturday.(read your article in Devon Life.Will send a photo on receipt of email address.Keep up the good work

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