Argynnis paphia

Silver Washed Fritillary


by Matt Rowlings

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Var, France, July 2009

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2019

Field notes and information

A large species of fritillary, frequenting flowery woodland clearings in high summer.

Identification & Similar species: The pale green underside has a distinctive silvery reflection. Similar to the cardinal A. pandora but lacks the intense pink underside forewing and the grey-green upperside shading.

Distribution & Flight: Northern half of Spain to the UK (sporadic) and eastwards across all Europe except northern Scandinavia. Single brooded flying from June to September, more usually July and August.

Habitat & Behaviour: It flies in mature woodlands stopping regularly at nectar sources, particularly bramble and purple flowers such as thistles and knapweeds.

Variation: The form valezina is regionally variable in abundance. It affects only females in which the upperside orange is replaced by a dusky grey-green.

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SE Serbia, June 2012

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Corsica, France, July 2012

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2022

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2022

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2022

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Valais, Switzerland, July 2022

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2022

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Valais, Switzerland, August 2019

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SW Serbia, June 2012

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Var, France, August 2004

Female form valezina.

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Vaud, Switzerland, June 2011

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Var, France, July 2009

Including the dark female form valezina

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Corsica, France, July 2012

Female form valezina.

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Var, France, July 2009

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Hautes-Pyrénées, France, July 2017

Splash of colour!