Pete's Walks - Silver-washed Fritillary

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MALE -Photo taken on 29/06/18 at Ashridge

I first spotted one of these during a walk near the Chess Valley in 2010, since when I've normally seen them once or twice a year on my walks (plus other times when i've been out looking for butterflies). They fly between June and August, and like wooded areas.

A small proportion of female Silver-washed Fritillaries (up to 10-15% in some populations) are of the form 'valezina' - instead of orange, they are buff with a greenish wash over some parts. I'd wanted to see one of these for several years before eventually seeing one at Bucknell Wood near Silverstone in Northamptonshire (thank you Jon and Kirsty Philpot!).

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FEMALE - Photo taken on 18/07/20 at Ibstone, Bucks.

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MALE - Photo taken on 29/06/18 at Ashridge

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FEMALE - Photo taken on 25/07/15 at Pulpit Hill, Bucks.

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Photo taken on 30/06/19 at Oaken Wood, Surrey

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MALE - Photo taken on 25/07/15 at Pulpit Hill, Bucks.

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MALE - Photo taken on 25/07/15 at Pulpit Hill, Bucks.

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MALE - Photo taken on 17/07/10 near Ley Hill, Bucks.

FEMALE (form valezina) - Photo taken 16/07/21 at Bucknell Wood, near Silverstone, Northants.

FEMALE (form valezina) - Photo taken 16/07/21 at Bucknell Wood, near Silverstone, Northants.

FEMALE (form valezina) - Photo taken 16/07/21 at Bucknell Wood, near Silverstone, Northants.