Silver-washed fritillary

Species profile

Name: the silver-washed fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a species of butterfly.

Appearance: silver-washed fritillaries are a deep orange colour with black spots on the uppersides of their wings. Unlike other fritillaries, they have silver streaks instead of spots, giving them the name silver-washed.

Size: they have a wingspan of around 54 to 70 mm, with the males being smaller than the females.

Diet: adults feed on the nectar of brambles, thistles, and knapweeds, as well as aphid honeydew. Silver-washed caterpillars typically feed on dog violets.

Did you know: males have scent scales on the uppersides of their wings that run along their veins. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish them from other species.

Location: they can be found across Europe and Asia. Their preferred habitat is sunny, deciduous woodland, especially oak, although they have been known to live in coniferous woodland.

Best places to see Silver-washed fritillaries

According to reports submitted to WildSide, the best places to see silver-washed fritillaries are as follows:

Place Chance to see User rating No. reports
Sydenham Hill Wood
England
50%
average
3.3
good
12
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