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I believe this was the only one I saw this year (2009). Unfortunately this picture has been heavily cropped but might just be OK on a greeting card.
butterfly, fritillary, silver washed fritillary, argynnis paphia
I have never seen a Fritillary in any shape or form and am very envious! RB member Sharon Perrett was fortunate enough to capture the ‘Valensina’ variety of this species that occurs rather rarely.
We have a butterfly reserve within a 15 minute walk where these do breed within the fern in a copiced wood. However they seem to be very elusive, they are only around for a short time.I usually find there is a lot more variety of butterfly around the fields than there is at the reserve. Unfortunately the habitat there doesn’t have a variety of wild flowers which would attract other species. I was very fortunate to get this shot.