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Marsh Fritillary




Following on from a successful 2016 in Lithuania and Latvia, my goal for 2017 is simply to have another cracking year, hopefully exceeding the 100 species barrier again and tracking down a few species that have so far eluded me in Lithuania and/or the Baltic States.






High on my priority list are Violet Copper (never seen anywhere), Northern Wall Brown and Olive Skipper (not seen in the Baltic States) and Marsh Fritillary (not seen in Lithuania). These aside, I also hope to explore several new areas during the year and, with some luck, turn up a surprise or two, at least for me.


Scroll down this page for a full account of the year, or alternatively click on any of the links below to zoom directly to specific sections/months:


- March (first flights, including Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell)

- April (early spring, including Camberwell Beauty and Large Tortoiseshell)




Very much a running account of all the butterflies I find over the season, withnotes on approximate abundances and photographs.


MARCH 2017


20-17 March. First Flights.


A full week earlier than the previous year, relative warm conditions brought the first butterflies onto the wing, so opening the 2017 season.


Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell



Ice on forest pools, temperatures hardly amazing at 7 C, but with a pleasant sun, the year kicked off in style with the first species noted being a Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell at Labanoras on the 20th! Added a Brimstone minutes later. Over subsequent days, temperatures sat at 10-11 C, I found another Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell, plus about ten Small Tortoiseshells, a Comma (on the 28th) and a handful of Brimstones.




So, spring was finally here, birds were pouring in, the first flowers of the season appearing in the meadows, plus a few frogs braving the cold waters.



  • 1. Brimstone.
  • 2. Yellow-legged Tortoiseshell.
  • 3. Small Tortoiseshell.
  • 4. Comma.



APRIL 2017

For updated April sightings, CLICK HERE


Last Updated ( Monday, 03 April 2017 )
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