Sunday, 9 August 2015

Why Silver-Washed ?

Why is the Silver-washed Fritillary so named. 
Look at the underside of the wings of this female below.
You can see there are streaks of silver on the hind wings. 





A few action shots below of male and female Silver-washed in preliminary courtship flight.






They eventually ended up high up on Oak tree leaves





26 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful butterfly and these are fabulous images Roy

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  2. Lovely set Roy, particularly the top shot.

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  3. Hi Roy! Lovely shots! I have seen a few Silver-washed Fritillaries with the silver wash on their upper wing too.
    J
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    1. Thanks John, not noticed that so much.

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  4. ta première photo est extraordinaire, grand bravo Roy

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  5. Hi Roy, I saw my first Silver washed Fritillaries today and you made a blog, thats nice. I also did see male and female but not making babys ;-).

    Lovely photo's and explanation of the English name (the Dutch name has nthing to do with silver.

    Regards,
    Marianne

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  6. Gorgeous series of capture, Roy, and thanks so much for the info as well.

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  7. pretty little flutter!! i am chuffed as I saw my first ever white lettered hairstreak!!

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    1. Thanks Pete, well done on that capture, not easy to find.

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  8. Absolutely beautiful Roy and thanks for not giving the game away on my post :)

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  9. Hey Roy.. Well you sure have been flitting about haven't you. ;} . Have you ever falling about trying to keep up with those quick movers?

    Well named lovely butterfly. Nice shots of them too!

    Grace

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    1. Thanks GG, yes I flit about a lot.{:))

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  10. I have wondered why they are called 'Silver-washed', I did guess it was to do with the underside of their wings. I think this butterfly is doing well this year. Well done for catching their courtship flight :-)

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    1. Thanks Lyn. Yes we have had a good number up here this year again like last year.

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