Silver-washed Fritillary - Argynnis paphia


The female is slightly less colourful than the male which has more curved wings, is brighter orange and has dark bands across its forewings, actually scent marks.

Identification difficulty

Woodland clearings, especially where violets are present in numbers. 

When to see it

June to August.

Life History

Like many other similar species its caterpillars eat violets. The Silver-washed Fritillary lays its eggs on a nearby tree, and the caterpillars make their way to the foodplant when they hatch next spring.

UK Status

Widespread in the southern half of Britain, but not particularly common.

VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland with only a handful of records in recent years.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map