Friday, 27 June 2014

Shades of green ...

Dark Green Fritillary (Argynnis aglaja)

The Dark Green Fritillary (A. aglaja) is the most widespread fritillary found in the British Isles. Its name is derived from the green hue found on the underside of the hindwings, which are peppered with large silver spots. This butterfly can be found throughout the British Isles, although it is less common in central and eastern England. Outside of central Scotland and southern England, it is most frequently found in coastal areas and is the only fritillary found on Orkney and the Outer Hebrides. Despite its powerful flight, it is somewhat surprising that this species is not particularly mobile, generally staying within its breeding grounds.

A freshly emerged male prepares for flight ...

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