This post is a summary of all the fritillary's that we saw over the last couple weeks here in the Dordogne / Bordeaux area of France. The genus is easily the most common type of butterfly and to put it simply, they are everywhere. They have dominated every day's sightings. Glanville and Meadow Fritillary are the commonest. The image above and below are Glanville's.
The majority of the shots were taken in farmland, near vineyards and virtually all beside the road in the numerous ditches and drains. The French roads and highways are maintained differently to the UK. Every road seems to have a drainage ditch which are left to nature. The ditches are splashes of colourful flowers which in turn supports these stunning butterflies.
Above: Glanville Fritillary. Below: Knapweed Fritillary
Meadow Fritillary above and lower three.
Small Pearl-bordered being shown some unwanted interest from a Silver-washed Fritillary.
Above and below: Spotted Fritillary.
Above and below: Silver-washed Fritillary.
All of the images were handheld. Taken with the macro 105mm with VR constantly on. Aperture used was F/10 or greater depending on available light. Thanks to John Chapple for verifying the ID. Any ID comments very welcome.