Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia)
This has to be the earliest in the year that I have found Silver-washed Fritillary butterflies.
What a great surprise to see this orange monster flying about the Woodland Nature Reserve that I walk regularly.
When you see this species for the first time in the year it always seems so big. (72mm male, 76mm female)
I was disappointed with the first few sightings as there were two males and they were both flying fast and never pitching anywhere. I continued to search the known spots that I had seen them in previous years and found more accommodating ones that pitched quite regularly feeding on bramble flowers. Unfortunately I didn't find any females to shoot.
Although any distribution map you read on the net or in books reveals that this species is not listed as frequenting this part of Northern East Anglia, I certainly find them at this location in recent years and a number of other local woodland areas.
|Sony Alpha 6000. 55-210mm lens. 210mm. 1/400 at f6.3. ISO160|
|Sony Alpha 6000. 55-210mm lens. 210mm. 1/400 at f8. ISO100|