Dark-green Fritillary Argynnis aglaja


The Dark Green Fritillary is the most widespread of the large fritillaries and is found on downland, dunes, coastal cliffs and moorland. It often flies in damp places. In the East Midlands region it is found predominantly in the Peak District


The Dark Green Fritillary is a large fritillary with golden orange ground colour and black markings on its wings. One of the distinguishing identification features is the green wash on the underwings which gives it its name.

Flight times

There is a single generation flying between early June and early September.

Food plants

Eggs are laid singly close to lush growth of violets.

Dark-green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary - © Christine Maughan

Distribution Maps

Dark Green Fritillary distribution map 2005-09
Dark Green Fritillary distribution map 2010-14
Dark Green Fritillary distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 63
First sighting 02/06/2015
Last sighting 11/09/2015
Dark-green Fritillary distribution map 2016
2016 Summary
No of tetrads 59
First sighting 06/06/2016
Last sighting 12/09/2016
Dark-green Fritillary distribution map 2017
2017 Summary
No of tetrads 49
First sighting 31/05/2017
Last sighting 28/08/2017

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