Silver-washed Fritillary - Macro

Silver-washed Fritillary  - map of occurrence

Silver-washed Fritillary

Argynnis paphia

conservation status Least Concern

The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings and has a wingspan of 54-70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green and unlike other fritillaries has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black-brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles and knapweeds and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier and more mobile than other fritillaries and as such can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. It preferred habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but has been known to live in coniferous woodland.

Silver-washed Fritillary  (Argynnis paphia) -
Silver-washed Fritillary  (Argynnis paphia) -
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