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*Silver Washed Fritillary*


*Silver Washed Fritillary*
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Copyright: john vantighem (john1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fujifilm 30exr, Minolta AF 75-300, Sandisk Ultra II 4Gb
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-31 13:43
Viewed: 2749
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) is a European species of butterfly, which was in decline for much of the 1970s and 1980s but seems to be coming back to many of its old territories.
The Silver-washed fritillary butterfly is deep orange with black spots on the upper side of its wings and has a wingspan of 5470 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. Adults feed on the nectar of bramble, thistles and knapweeds and also on aphid honeydew. The silver-washed is a strong flier and more mobile than other fritillaries and as such can be seen gliding above the tree canopy at high speed. It preferred habitat is thin, sunny deciduous woodland especially oaks but has been known to live in coniferous woodland.


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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2010-08-02 8:51]

Hi John
Good picture of this butterfly . In Israel you can see its relative - the Pandora
Oz

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