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Silver-washed fritillary

Argynnis paphia

Description:

Deep orange with black spots on the upperside of its wings, and has a wingspan of 54–70 mm, with the male being smaller and paler than the female. The underside is green, and, unlike other fritillaries, has silver streaks instead of silver spots, hence the name silver-washed. The caterpillar is black brown with two yellow lines along its back and long reddish-brown spines. The male possesses scent scales on the upperside of the forewing that run along veins one to four. The scent produced from these scales attracts females and helps to distinguish it from other species.

Habitat:

On a hiking trail through some upland forests.

Notes:

I suppose this was a male, he was feeding on blackberry flowers.

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Alex C.
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Alex C.

Romania

Spotted on Jun 29, 2019
Submitted on Jul 20, 2019

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