Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)

Adult male Silver-washed Fritillary (subspecies A. p. butleri) at Brigstock, Northants - August 2013

OTHER NAMES: Greater Silver-streaked Fritillaria
Featured Subspecies: Argynnis paphia butleri
Length: ?
Wingspan: 69-80mm
UK Status: Least Concern IUCN Red List: Not Yet Evaluated

The Silver-Washed Fritillary is the largest of the UK's Fritillaries, it is a substantial butterfly found in open areas within (usually deciduous) woodland.  It's main food-plant as a larvae is a dog-violent.  It is a very broadly ranging species, found from Europe to Japan across the palaearctic. With the exception of the comma, fritillaries are not that obvious in the UK normally, however, the Silver-washed is distributed across the southern half of England.

Related Species:
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Argynnis
SUBSPECIES: A. p. butleri, A. p. thalassata, A. p. dives, A. p. argyrorrhytes, A. p.delila, A. p. masandarensis, A. p. pusilla, A. p. neopaphia, A. p. virescens, A. p. geisha, A. p. tsushimana, A. p. megalegoria, A. p. argyrophontes, A. p. formosicola

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM A common resident species
 - Seen in Brigstock

Further Notes: RSPB, WikipediaBirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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