Silver-washed Fritillary Argynnis paphia

Habitat

The Silver-washed Fritilary is quite common in large broad-leaved woods in southern England but has declined over the last century, particularly from the north and east. In the East Midlands region it is seen sporadically and was not recorded in 2007 or 2008.

Identification

The Silver-washed Fritilary is a large, distinctive fritillary with golden-brown wings and black markings on the upper wing, but is differentiated from other fritillaries by the subtle silver markings on the underside.

Flight times

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

Food plants

Eggs are laid singly in a crevice on the trunk of oak trees close to growth of Common Dog-violets.

Silver-washed Fritilary
Silver-washed Fritilary - © Eliot Taylor

Distribution Maps

2005-2009
Silver-washed Fritilary distribution map 2005-09
2010-14
Silver-washed Fritilary distribution map 2010-14
2005-09 2010-14
Silver-washed Fritilary distribution map comparison of 2005-09 & 2010-14
2015
Silver-washed Fritilary distribution map 2015
2015 Summary
No of tetrads 27
First sighting 04/07/2015
Last sighting 04/09/2015
2016
Silver-washed Fritilary distribution map 2016
2016 Summary
No of tetrads 20
First sighting 25/06/2016
Last sighting 14/09/2016
2017
Silver-washed Fritilary distribution map 2017
2017 Summary
No of tetrads 43
First sighting 08/06/2017
Last sighting 27/08/2017

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