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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.

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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)

Find out more about the Silver-washed Fritillary online at the following links;

Flight Chart
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.

Silver-washed Fritillary Flight Chart

Distribution Maps

Silver-washed Fritillary - 2011 records / distribution. Silver-washed Fritillary - 2010 records / distribution. Silver-washed Fritillary - 2000 to 2009 records / distribution.
2011 (1yr) 2010 (1yr) 2000-09 (10yr)

Silver-washed FritillarySilver-washed Fritillary © John Carter - Female at Oversley Wood, Warwickshire

Annual First Sightings
First sighting dates are based on records of Silver-washed Fritillary submitted online. Please note that these dates are not updated retrospectively to include records submitted to the branch recorder in other forms.

18/06/2018 Wappenbury Wood

14/06/2017 Oversley Wood

25/06/2016 Oversley Wood

25/06/2015 Coughton Court

21/06/2014 Oversley Wood

08/07/2013 Ryton Wood

05/07/2012 Ryton Wood

16/06/2011 West Grove Wood

20/06/2010 Oversley Wood

24/06/2009 Oversley Wood

23/06/2008 Ryton Wood

07/07/2007 Ryton Wood

Other Species

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