two orange and brown frittillaries , male and female showing colour and size difference. Female is duller orange

Silver-washed Fritillaries. Photo: Brian Arnold

green Valesina f. form of silverwashed Fritillary feeding on bramble

Silver-washed Fritillary Valesina form. Photo: Brian Arnold

Brian visited an area around Sixpenny Handley with a group on 7/07/19 hoping to find Purple Emperors, but instead found beautiful Silver-washed Fritillaries including this female form, Valesina.

The top picture shows the differences in colour and size between males and females . The brighter smaller butterfly of the two is the male.

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