Dark Green Fritillaries. Male above and female below.
High Brown Fritillary on an unusual white flowered thistle.
We found this recently emerged male with a deformed wing. The wing clearly hadn't pumped up fully and was blackened around the base. The butterfly's thorax also had a blackened hairless area probably suggesting the pupa had been damaged by the damp. He also had unusual markings with very few brown 'eyes' on the under-wing and the diagnostic small third black dot on the upper-wing missing altogether.
He only has two small brown 'eyes' on the under-wing.
He could fly perfectly well and was only so 'well' behaved' because of the lack of sunshine.
He's probably one of the lucky ones I guess, even in this state at least he's made it to the adult stage. I suspect many pupa have succumbed to the poor weather.
Since Monday I've been mainly indoors looking out at the rain. On one brief venture out I found a new moth for me (although I've seen the larvae and their incredible webs) The Spindle Ermine.
Today I took Rex out for a walk and to get a new header image for the blog. I got rained on....Will the summer ever get here? :-(