Argynnis paphia

Silver Washed Fritillary

euroButterflies

by Matt Rowlings

copyright © 2003-2016

Show butterflies of: EU US
io-header
Photo: paphia

Var, France, July 2009

Photo: paphia

Corsica, France, July 2012

Female form valezina.

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.

Photo: paphia

SE Serbia, June 2012

Photo: paphia

Var, France, July 2009

Photo: paphia

SW Serbia, June 2012

Photo: paphiaPhoto: paphia

Corsica, France, July 2012

Photo: paphia

Corsica, France, July 2012

Photo: paphia

Corsica, France, July 2012

Photo: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphia

Var, France, July 2010

Photo: paphia

Monte Baldo, Italy, July 2014

A rare encouter of this species taking salts from dung.

Photo: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphiaPhoto: paphia

Var, France, July 2010