Butterflies - Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)
Although this large powerful butterfly is one of the UK's most widespread Fritillaries, its is rarely encountered in Warwickshire.
The uppersides are a golden orange-brown colour with a pattern of black spots and crescents. The females tend to be paler in colour. Its name is derived from the colouration of the underside of its wings which a green leading to pale yellow-brown with pure white spots.
During hot sunny days, the males fly constantly in search of females displaying a distinctive flight pattern of rapid wing beats followed by a fast smooth glide.
- Larval Food Plants
- Key Sites
Common Dog-violet (Viola riviniana)
Hairy Violet (Viola hirta)
Marsh Violet (Viola palustris)
The Dark Green Fritillary can be found in a range of flower-rich grasslands with patches of scrub. Occasional sightings in the region are the result of vagrants. As such, it is one of our rarest butterflies with only one known breeding site at Oxhouse Farm.
Resident in Warwickshire.
Oxhouse Farm (private site)
Fossedene Meadows (private site)
Anyone wishing to visit Oxhouse Farm to see the Dark Green Fritillary should be aware that YOU REQUIRE PERMISSION TO WALK IN THE MEADOWS. The butterfly can be seen from the public footpath which runs through the meadow. We politely request that you do not stray into the meadow without permission from the land owners.
In the interest of the butterflies and this important habitat, Butterfly Conservation Warwickshire and the Neal Trust would like to thank you for your co-operation on this matter.
A photographic slideshow displaying various images of the Dark Green 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 Dark Green Fritillary butterfly in Warwickshire between 2005 and 2008. Peak periods are shown in dark green.