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Silver-washed Fritillary

Argynnis paphia


This male Silver-washed Fritillary was in pristine conditions with fresh colours and markings. The male possesses scent scales on the upper side of the forewing that run along some of its veins, which can be seen in details on picture 4.


A sunny clearing in alpine forest, alt. 1500 m ASL. Plenty of thistles around. Preferred habitat is thin, sunny, deciduous woodland (oaks and coniferous woodland)


This summer butterfly is found from central Spain to southern Scandinavia, including Ireland and southern England. The underside is greenish (picture 5). There exists other forms of this butterfly affecting the underside as well as the upperside:

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DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you MartinUrban! He was a very fresh specimen with pristine colours!

MartinUrban 11 years ago

Amazing series !

DanielePralong 11 years ago

Thank you Satyen! He was a very beautiful individual.

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Wow! Another SOTD worthy spotting. Awesome details on the 4th pic.

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Champéry, Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Aug 11, 2012
Submitted on Sep 1, 2012

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