Eleanor and the Butterfly

The 17th-century entomologist who gave her name to a rare species of butterfly

Bronwen Scott
3 min readFeb 22, 2023

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“Glanville Fritillary. Melitaea cinxia” by gailhampshire is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The Glanville Fritillary (Melitaea cinxia, Nymphalidae) lives on the edge.

Literally.

One of Britain’s rarest butterflies, it is found on coastal landslips and collapsed cliffs where its caterpillar host plant, Ribwort Plantain (Plantago

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Bronwen Scott

Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: bronwenscott.com