In 1842, young Edward Newman discovered the Glanville Fritillary on the Isle of Wight 'with a feeling of triumph'. 170 years later old Stephen Plummer finally caught up with the Glanville Fritillary on the Isle of Wight 'with a feeling of triumph'! :-)
The Butterflies of Britain & Ireland by Thomas and Lewington is the butterfly Bible that should adorn the bookshelf of everyone interested in learning more about these wonderful insects. Jeremy Thomas introduces the section on the Glanville Fritillary thus:
'I have had the pleasure of studying the ecology of all eight British fritilleries and, to my mind, the Glanville is both the loveliest and the most interesting. it is probably also the rarest, being confined nowadays to perhaps a dozen sites on the Isle of Wight, to a few on Alderney and Guernsey, and to two introductions on the English mainland. Any of them is worth visiting in May. They are beautiful locations in their own right, most being warm, sheltered undercliffs, carpeted with wild flowers such as Thrift and Common Bird's-foot-trefoil, which form the butterfly's principal nectar sources. The Glanville Fritillery's delicate underwings are especially attractive seen against these pink and yellow blooms, and it is a fine butterfly in flight, whether gliding swiftly through still air or battling with whirring wingbeats against a sea breeze.'
I'm looking forward to a Glanville summer! :-)