Butterflies - Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)
This large, graceful butterfly is one of the stunning sights to be seen in our native Oak woodlands during mid to late summer. The Silver-washed Fritillary is most conspicuous when flying or feeding in sunny woodland glades and rides. Although this butterfly loves the sun, it actually breeds in the cooler, shady parts of the woodland where the larval foodplant Common Dog Violet grows.
It is important to note that a small proportion of the female population have wings that are bronze-green colour, known as the form valezina.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Common Dog-violet (Viola riviniana)
The Silver-washed Fritillary has a restricted range in Warwickshire, being found in the Princethorpe Woodland complex centred on Ryton Wood. The Silver-washed Fritillary was re-introduced to this woodland as all colonies were lost due to the lack of woodland management. in the region. Woodland management has however been reinstated and the species has flourished and spread into neighbouring woodland in recent years.
During the summer of, the Silver-washed Fritillary was reported from other parts of the region. The hot summer enabled some of these butterflies to travel great distances across our region and may over time colonies new sites where suitable habitat is present.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Ryton Wood (WWT Reserve)
Wappenbury Wood (WWT Reserve)
Snitterfield Bushes (WWT Reserve)
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Silver-washed Fritillary is currently in development.
Details of how you can supply your own photographs for display here will be made available soon.
The flight chart below is based on observations of the adult Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.