Saturday, 2 August 2014

Female Silver-washed Fritillary

The female Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia).

Note that the female does not have long black streaks on the forewings like the male. These black streaks are scent cells carried by the male. (See the image last below showing the males markings.)
The female is generally more dull than the male and the base orange colour can be quite dark on occasions.

Male image below for comparison of markings.


  1. HI Roy Great shots of this beautiful butterfly. Thanks for explaining that. I photographed one on the I.O.W. (not as good shot as your) but I will now look to see what sex it is. Have a wonderful weekend..

  2. Beautiful captures of the butterfly! Hope you have a great Saturday!

  3. Cracking images of this lovely butterfly Roy.

    Are you saying then that females find smelly males more attractive??...[;o)

    1. Thanks Trevor.
      I couldn't possibly comment Trevor.{:))

  4. Brilliant shots Roy. It's markings are striking.

  5. They are stunning butterflies as are your photos. I've seen a few recently so not jealous! :-)

  6. What a beautiful photos Roy.
    Now I actually see eht eht difference between male and female.


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