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Fritters for breakfast

A look for some Orchids the other morning turned up a bonus.

Warming itself in the sunshine and keeping low out of the wind was a Marsh Fritillary. This is a butterfly that became extinct in Norfolk some years ago. No doubt the individual we saw is part of some impromptu reintroduction scheme. Given the biology of the species demands interaction between a number of close colonies, I’m sceptical the Frit is here in Norfolk for good … but I hope I’m wrong. It’s a cracking butterfly!

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2 Responses to “Fritters for breakfast”


  1. June 16, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Hi. You’re right that they’re a release. My information is that c100 adults were released between 30th May and 12th June in dribs and drabs as they emerged in someone’s shed. And I agree, not likely to be viable

    • June 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thanks for that Andy. Still nice to see. Hopefully the breeder who released them has considered a few other suitable sites close-by to get a little interchange between populations. My congratulations to him/her for taking on the responsability, cost and work involved.


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