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Fritillary butterfly

Some kind of fritillary

Some kind of fritillary

Standing among buddleia and lavender, I feel like a butterfly charmer.

They’re everywhere, alighting or taking wing, twirling, bouncing, dancing round my head.

The heavy honey scent of the buddleia must draw them although the lavender is just as popular.

One butterfly I couldn’t identify with certainty; it drove me crazy.

While most butterflies delight in fobbing you off with their drabber underside, this one was very reluctant to show it and of course it’s the only way to tell the exact species.

In the end I concluded it was a Silver-Washed Fritillary, the only fritillary to have streaks rather than blotches of a paler colour on its underside.

It’s a strong flier and often glides swiftly and high up, which must be why it led me such a dance.

Tantalising glimpse of an underside

Tantalising glimpse of an underside

  1. July 12, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Good photos and your buddleia is well ahead of ours, ours is not flowering yet

    • July 13, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Thank you for your comment. Summer is in full swing here now, although the really dry part hasn’t started yet thank goodness.

  2. August 23, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Hi there
    We have a house in northern tuscany and I have had no success growing Buddleias. What sort of climate do they need. Would be very grteful for your response. Thank you Lynette

    • August 23, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Hi Lynette. We’re in Umbria and at a fairly high altitude, nonetheless I’ve found buddleias quite hardy and easy to grow. Possibly the secret is to plant them in full sun and with plenty of space around them. I wish you the very best of luck getting them to grow!

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