Surfbirds News reports, “A rare migrant butterfly from Europe appears to be attempting to establish a colony in Britain. The Queen of Spain Fritillary butterfly has been breeding at a location on the Sussex coast. The butterfly has been increasing in numbers across northern Europe and its arrival in Britain is almost certainly a sign of climate change. The butterfly, although common in northern France, was hardly ever seen in mainland Britain between the 1950s and 1989. Since then sightings have become more frequent and there was a short-lived breeding colony in Suffolk in the late 1990s.”
If the Queen of Spain does establish itself in Britain it will be the third butterfly to do so in the last 20 years, following the Red Admiral which now overwinters regularly across southern Britain and the Clouded Yellow which breeds regularly at one location on the south coast, the article reports.
Read the full story at Surfbirds News_ Queen of Spain Fritillary breeds on Sussex Coast
(Photo: Queen of Spain Fritillary © Nick Ransdale, from the surfbirds galleries.)