Argynnis paphia - Silver-Washed Fritillary Butterfly

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Formal Name: Argynnis paphia

Informal Name: Silver-Washed Fritillary Butterfly

Conservation Status: Conservation status is common and is not under any threat of endangerment

Location: Asia and Europe

Average Wingspan (cm): 6.2

Seen Between: June- August

Description: Argynnis paphia informally known as the Silver- Washed Fritillary. It has an average wingspan of 6.2cm.

Argynnis paphia are spotted in Southern England between June and August. They like oak woodlands but are also seen in gardens, moorlands and grasslands. As caterpillars, they usually eat at night and feed on Violets near to the ground. Once they become butterflies, they consume the nectar from brambles, thistles, knapweeds and honeydew. Predators of the Silver- Washed Fritillary include birds and small mammals.

On the upper side of their wings, they are orange with distinctive black spots. On the underside of their wings, there are silver markings which are where they get their name. They are common and have a conservation status of "least concern".