Marsh Fritillary

Euphydryas auriniaPhotoWingspan: Male 42mm – 48mm, female - size very variable 

The upperwings are a mosaic of reddish-orange and yellow or white patches. The cells are divided by darker veins and cross lines. A single row of black dots is visible near the trailing edge of the hindwings. These dots are also visible on the underside. 

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Flight Period
May to June. 

Larval Food plants
Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis)
Field Scabious (Knautia arvensis)
Small Scabious (Scabiosa columbaria) 

Chalk downland and grassland. 

Wiltshire Status
Frequent/common, very local. 

Wiltshire Sites
Cotley Hill
Bentley Wood
Sidbury Hill
Pewsey Down 

Earliest sightings
Earliest county record 21st April 2007, Cotley Hill (Nick Wynn) 

Latest county record
4th July 1983