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Dark green fritillary

argynnis aglaja aglaja

Description:

The common name of this beauty seems strange as in these pictures it is clearly not dark green but as there are 3 fritillaries that are very similar this one has been named after the dark green underside to its lower wings to distinguish it from the high brown and the silver washed species. It favours nectar from thistles and knapweed and is the most widespread fritillary in Britain although less comon in East England where this one was found.

Habitat:

found in Low common meadows, maltby. This land is owned and maintained by the Yorkshire wildlife trust.

Notes:

The nominate subspecies was first defined in Linnaeus (1758). The British population is represented by this subspecies.

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9 Comments

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

Thank you :D :D

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

I found you two more buttterflies that you might like as well Jopy :-)
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/314...
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/303...

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

Thanks, Debbie, can't wait to see :) :)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

Thankyou very much Pedro, I have some more beauties to come too ;-)

PedroNicolau
PedroNicolau 7 years ago

Stunning shots, Debbie.

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

Next time I find one I will make sure I get the patterned underside for you :-)

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

for me this one has the most beautiful underside of wings...

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 7 years ago

Thanks Jopy, this one was basking in the early evening sunshine and closed its wings for only a second so the underside shot wasn't in focus unfortunately which is a shame as it had lovely large silver spots on it.

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

nice spottins, Debbie! love fritillaries, they have beautiful underwing's pattern.. :)

Debbie Stewart
Spotted by
Debbie Stewart

Rotherham, England, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jul 9, 2013
Submitted on Jul 10, 2013

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