Fritillary: Flower, Butterfly Or Dicebox?

Snake’s Head Fritillary

It’s a frivolous Bank Holiday question – and you’ve probably guessed that all 3 are fritillaries: Flower, Butterfly and Dicebox.

  • The tongue-tickling name, fritillary, is derived from the Latin term for a dice-box (fritillus).
  • This references the chequered markings of the plants known as fritillaries.
  • And the Heath Fritillary is one of our rarest butterflies and was considered to be on the brink of extinction in the late 1970s.

My favourite fritillaries are at Totleigh Barton. Guess which sort ?

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