view of a Silver washed Fritillary, Valesina form. resting on leaves

Valesina, Silver washed Fritillary. Photo: Shona Refoy

Shona was amazed to find this Silver-washed Fritillary, Valesina form in her Broadstone garden on 10/07/18.

This spectacular form occurs in a small percentage of females, primarily in the larger colonies in the south of England, where the orange-brown colouring is replaced with a deep olive-green.

They are usually found on reserves and habitats where the common form of Silver-washed fritillaries are found in abundance, not as a lone specimen in a suburban garden.

Well spotted Shona!

 

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