Boloria seleneWingspan: Male 41mm, female 44mm
To separate the Small Pearl from its larger cousin you need to look at the underside of the hindwing. The six or seven whitish silver pearls at the outer edge of the wing are bordered by black chevrons, whereas those on the Pearl are orange-brown. More noticeable are the more numerous (up to six) silver patches on the Small Pearl (there are only two on the Pearl).
Mid-May to mid-June
Larval Food plants
Common Dog-violet (Viola riviniana)
Marsh Violet (Viola palustris)
Deciduous woodland clearings and glades.
Rare and extremely local.
30th April 1893
Latest county record
16th July 1996