Silver Washed Fritillary
Argynnis paphia

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Male, August 2013, Switzerland



Female, August 2013, Switzerland



Pair, Switzerland, July 2012



Pair, Switzerland, July 2012



Green female, valesina, Switzerland, August 2013



Green female, valesina, Switzerland, August 2013



Green female, valesina, Switzerland, August 2013

Male, Switzerland, July 2006

Male, with wood white, Switzerland, July 2006

Male, France, August 2008

Female, France, August 2008

Male, Switzerland

Mating pair, Switzerland

Female of the green form, valesina, France 2004

Green female, valesina, Switzerland 2006

This is a majestic insect, a true aristocrat among  fritillaries. Although reasonably common in woodland throughout Europe, it is always arresting, commanding attention as it swoops and soars along rides or feeds on nectar sources. The green female form generally occurs in fixed proportion in particular communities, but the ratio varies from almost zero to 50:50 in some populations.