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small pearl bordered fritillary

Pictured: small pearl-bordered fritillary, Boloria selene

Notes from Jenyns: Taken in Whitewood, near Gamlingay, by J.C. Dale.

200-year trend in Cambridgeshire: Decline to local extinction.

Modern records

Once common throughout woodlands in this area of the country, such as Whitewood, this species has seen dramatic declines since Jenyns’ day.  This is largely due to changes in land use management, particularly the cessation of coppicing, which used to create large areas of open woodland where its foodplant, violets, would grow in full sun. It is now extinct in Cambridgeshire.

 

National records map

Small pearl-bordered fritillary national records map: https://species.nbnatlas.org/species/NHMSYS0021143547