Female Silver-washed Fritillary Butterfly

Female Silver-washed Fritillary Butterfly

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Credit: ADRIAN BICKER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Female Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia) feeding on the nectar from Bramble flowers. This female is showing the unusual valezina colour form, which is present in 15 per cent of the population in central souther England. The silver-washed is the largest UK Fritillary and is found in broadleaved woodlands in southern England, Wales and Ireland.

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