The Spring Fritillaries are always lovely to see, and this year here in Sussex we were not expecting to get both of the Pearl species after a very poor season for the Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries last year at the site where they have been re-introduced.
I was leading a few trips for Naturetrek so I was quite keen to see how the Pearls were doing locally. I met up with Nigel to have a look at the Pearl-bordered Fritillaries first and we were very surprised to find a couple of females in a ride where we hadn't seen them for some time. Better still, as the weather was quite cool the first one took off from the path where we were walking and promptly went to roost on a Bluebell just off the path. This allowed us both to get some unexpected photos.
The 'pearls' around the edge of the wing really showed up too so it really was a bonus.