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The Silver-washed Fritillary Butterfly (Argynnis paphia) is of the family Nymphalidae which is in the genus Argynnis. This very large species occurs throughout the temperate regions of the Palearctic. In Britain, it is found in the southern half of England and Wales. It has a very scattered distribution in Ireland.
Eggs are laid in tree crevices close of it's larval foodplant Common Dog-violet (Viola riviniana). The larvae hatch in August and immediately hibernate. They emerge the following April and then feed on the foodplant. Pupation occurs during May and the adult flight season is from July to late September.
Patrick J. O'Keeffe / Raw Birds
Monday, 26 August 2013
SILVER WASHED FRITILLARY BUTTERFLY (Argynnis paphia) Clogherhead Village, Clogherhead, Co. Louth, Ireland
Labels: Argynnis paphia, Buddleja davidii, Butterflies of Co. Louth, Butterflies of Ireland, butterfly, Clogherhead Village, Co. Louth, fritillary, Ireland, Irish Butterflies, lepidoptera, Silver-washed Fritillary